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Farke delivers transfer verdict

Daniel Farke was happy Norwich City managed to keep hold of some key players on transfer deadline day Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke was happy Norwich City managed to keep hold of some key players on transfer deadline day Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke is urging Norwich City to get down to business after he kept his remaining crown jewels on transfer deadline day.

Max Aarons, Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell stayed despite endless summer speculation they would follow Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis out the door.

Aarons had attracted interest from Barcelona, while Farke had to leave Cantwell and Buendia out of the Championship defeat at Bournemouth over a lack of focus around their futures.

The City chief admitted on Friday he did want another centre back, with Godfrey and Timm Klose departing over the international break, but Farke feels sporting director Stuart Webber has improved the squad.

“A big compliment to Stuart, we have made some proper signings,” he said. “The first team options have already proved their worth. (Ben) Gibson, (Xavi) Quintilla, (Kieran) Dowell, who is sadly injured right now, (Olly) Skipp, (Jordan) Hugill, (Przemyslaw) Placheta.

“They can all be massive for us.

“Even Jacob Sorensen, who had a great pre-season and then has been a bit unlucky with some injury problems and illness. I look at the younger lads who have shown more than glimpses.

“Bali Mumba was not going out on loan because he already improves us. The only reason he is not in our squad at present is because we have a guy who was linked with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“We are happy we can concentrate on football and not commenting on rumours or dealing with agents and other clubs.

“If we draw a line under everything we are not dancing on the tables to lose players but it is great to keep our other players.”

City head to Rotherham on Saturday at the start of an important period, and Farke is pleased the distractions are behind his squad.

“If I am honest I am pretty happy. We have this group and we can concentrate together on playing football,” he said. “We lost Ben, Jamal and Timm and it is not easy after relegation when you want to focus the team.

“I am happy we could keep players like Max, Todd, Emi and Teemu (Pukki) when there was a lot of speculation around these guys. They are staying to help us try and achieve our aims.

“It is not the case the window is closed, we now press a button and everything is okay. We have to grow into this season. It will still be hard work.”


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