Norwich City are delighted to announce that Mario Vrancic has signed a new deal at Carrow Road until June 2021.
Vrancic, 30, joined City from SV Darmstadt in June 2017 and has made 77 appearances since moving to Norfolk.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was in scintillating form last season, scoring ten goals and assisting eight in 38 appearances.
He scored a number of crucial goals as the Sky Bet Championship reached its climax, in particular two stunning strikes in the final two games of the season against Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa, helping City clinch promotion and then the title.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Vrancic said: “I’m obviously very pleased. I’ve enjoyed myself since day one and I’m really looking forward to the future.
“The start to my time here was pretty strange, I wasn’t happy with my performances but sometimes it just takes a few weeks, a few months maybe, but I’m very pleased now.
“I felt I did my job pretty well last season and I hope to continue like that this season as well.
“I’m very, very pleased with my performances recently but the whole team and squad was very successful as well and that’s the most important thing.
“It was definitely the best year of my career, especially because of my contribution and performances.
“I feel like I’ve grown as a person as well which is really important too.”
Vrancic has enjoyed a busy summer after earning a recall to the Bosnia and Herzegovina squad for their UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers in June.
Unfortunately, they were beaten by Italy and then Finland, thanks to a Teemu Pukki brace, but Vrancic was pleased to be in and amongst the camp once again.
“It’s always nice to get a call from the national team but unfortunately we had two bad games,” he recalled.
“We played Finland out there and obviously Teemu had one really good game, scoring two goals. It was tough for us to take.
“Hopefully I get some games in the Premier League and then get called up more often for Bosnia. The most important thing is the Club and if you deliver here, then you get a chance to play for the national team.
“So, my main focus is playing well here and delivering for Norwich City.”
Like many City players, Vrancic will fulfil a lifelong dream by playing in the Premier League and he cannot wait for the opening day clash with Liverpool which will see a reunion with his former boss at German club Mainz, Jurgen Klopp.
“It’s not just a dream of a mine but a dream of many players. All players want to play in the Premier League.
“For me, it will be nice to play an opening game against my former coach. We know how tough it will be but we want to do well.
“It’s important to enjoy these moments but we won’t go there just to visit the stadium or enjoy the atmosphere. We want to go there and collect some points.
“We should use the confidence and momentum we have from last season. Other teams may underestimate us because we are a new team in the league but we have lots of confidence that we can use.”