Timm Klose is not agitating for a January transfer move to chase his World Cup dream
PUBLISHED: 08:16 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:16 19 December 2017
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Timm Klose would never force a Norwich City exit to try and gatecrash the Swiss World Cup squad.
The Canaries’ centre back admits featuring for his country in Russia next summer remains a target, but the 29-year-old is determined to get City up the Championship table.
Klose is under contract at Carrow Road until 2019 and relaxed about what next month’s transfer window may hold for him and the rest of Daniel Farke’s squad.
Klose was heavily linked with a switch to Premier League West Brom earlier in his City career, but transfer speculation comes with the territory.
“I really enjoy it here at the moment. I like to play football, I like this role that I have within the squad but you never know what is going to happen in January,” he said, speaking prior to City’s 1-0 weekend defeat at Leeds.
“There could be someone come in for Nels (Nelson Oliveira), Ivo (Pinto) or a young player.
“That is just the business.
“You cannot say I am going to stay here for the next 10 years. All I can say is I really enjoy it and I am concentrated to play for Norwich and nothing else.
“For me it is very important to have a consistent season. Not playing with the ups and downs I had last season.
“I try to be that leader.
“You have to look for yourself sometimes and what is best for your career and what do you want to achieve and I missed the last two international tournaments because of injuries so of course that is somewhere in my head.”
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Klose has been an ever-present for Farke when fit after recovering from a pre-season hamstring injury.
“When I spoke to the gaffer and Stuart Webber at the start of the season they showed me the possibilities I could have,” he said. “They know what I am capable of and my qualities.
“For the coaches it was a bit easier because I was already here a year and knew exactly what they could expect and I was able to speak German to them, which is an advantage.
“They had to learn how to get along with different things but it is important the gaffer can get the right messages across.”
The former Wolfsburg defender has also been a mentor to Christoph Zimmermann, who signed a longer term deal last week.
“Christoph is a very good player. Very hungry to learn. He came from fourth division in Germany and the improvement he has made to the second division in England is impressive,” said Klose.
“He is always in the gym trying to get better. He doesn’t need to get stronger because he is already strong but his working attitude is impressive.
“A lot of the German lads have the same mentality and that is important.”
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