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Moritz Leitner: I’m really proud to be here

26 June 2018

Moritz Leitner says it was an easy decision to join the Canaries after spending the second half of last season on loan with City.

Norwich have signed Leitner on a four-year deal from FC Augsburg after he impressed during his loan spell, and Leitner says he is delighted to be back.

“I feel very happy to be here,” Leitner told Norwich City TV. “When I arrived here on loan, to be honest I came here because of Daniel [Farke] and Stuart [Webber]. I had an unlucky situation at Augsburg, and the whole family of the Canaries, the supporters, everyone in the dressing room and in training helped me so much and gave me a good feeling.

“So for me it was clear if I got the chance and Augsburg agreed I would come back and help the club to get success.”

The City fans have been clamouring on social media for Leitner’s return, and the German says that played a big role in his return.

“It’s really nice if the fans like you and support you,” he says. “I get a lot of messages on Instagram and Facebook from Norwich supporters and it feels great that we have a massive support. If they like you then you feel good and it helped to make the decision!

“I hope I can give a lot to this club and to the supporters, and I just want to be successful with this club and with our team.”

Despite picking up a hamstring injury while on loan at City, Leitner’s quality shone through in the 12 appearances he made for the club. But he says there’s plenty more to come from him after a full pre-season.

“I know that I can be better than I was and that I have to be,” he says. “It’s always better if you play a longer time with your teammates and with the coach. I think we can have a really good season and have a lot of success.

“I had a good time [on loan], with some good games and some OK games. I just want to be a part of this club and for sure I’m really happy and also really proud to be here and to wear the shirt.”

Leitner played in central midfield for Norwich, but often played for Germany U21s as no.10, and he says he’s happy being flexible for the good of the team.

“When I arrived sometimes I played a little bit more to the no.10 position but for me it doesn’t matter if I play at no.10 or no.8,” he says. “I just want to help this team. If the coach says I have to play no.6 and he says it’s the best way for this team I will do it.”

With City’s players back in training on Wednesday, Leitner says he can’t wait to get back involved and wants to bring success to the club following last season’s 14th-place finish.

“We have to work together and the most important thing is we get a good atmosphere at the club and for the supporters so it’s like a big family. We want to work for our club, we want to fight for our club and we want to win for our club.”


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