Norwich City are delighted to announce that Christoph Zimmermann has signed a new contract with the Club until June 2023, with the option of a further year.
The centre-back, 26, joined the Club in the summer of 2017 from Borussia Dortmund II and has made 90 appearances in all competitions for the Canaries, scoring four goals.
Zimmermann captained the team for most of the second part of last season as City won the Sky Bet Championship title with 94 points.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Zimmermann said: “I am very thankful to the Club for offering me the opportunity to extend my contract and to sign a new deal.
“I think from when I started, I never made a secret of what the people, Club and the whole region means to me and how my feelings are for everything we are doing here so for that of course, I am really pleased and happy to have four more years with Norwich City.”
“There is lots of excitement about the new season and we are really happy to be in the Premier League.
“But also we need to take responsibility and enjoy the games to get the right results and enough points to reach our goals.”
Zimmermann has not only been a key influence on the pitch for Daniel Farke’s squad over the past two years – his work off-the-pitch in guiding young players and acting as a leader for the group has not gone unnoticed by staff, teammates and supporters.
“I enjoy working with the young players because when you have them around, they are willing to learn and are asking the older guys for advice and trying to learn off them, so they are really open minded and hard working.
“I think also, it’s what the Club stands for. This transfer window, we haven’t spent loads of money as it’s not the idea of the Club but the idea is to try and get some good players with quality to develop them and also through our Academy.
“It’s always great to see especially when someone has come through the academy ranks with a big club to join the first-team so I’m really pleased for all our players that they have been successful like Jamal [Lewis], Max [Aarons], Ben [Godfrey], Todd [Cantwell] and now Adam [Idah] to have them in the first team and with us in the long-term.”
The upcoming Premier League season will be Zimmermann’s first taste of regular top-flight action and he’s looking forward to fulfilling a dream, whilst also remaining focused on helping the Canaries be successful.
“When you are young and 10 years old, of course your dream is to play in the Premier League.
“But the older you get, the more realistic you become because especially with my case, I didn’t think it was likely for me to play in the Premier League so it’s more than I have ever expected.
“Even two years ago, I couldn’t see the connection of how it was possible for me to first of all come over to England but then to play in the Championship and also have the opportunity to get promoted and then to play in the best league of the world.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet to be honest. I think it’s the same for people around the Club but as soon as the season starts, we know we will belong in the Premier League.”