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Ondrej Duda: I'm looking forward to the challenge

12 January 2020

Ondrej Duda is determined to give his best after joining Norwich City on a loan deal from Hertha Berlin.

The Slovakian international’s move to the Canaries was confirmed on Sunday afternoon after his first training session with Daniel Farke’s squad.

Duda joins from Hertha after making 11 appearances in all competitions this season. Last year, he scored eleven Bundesliga goals in 32 appearances.

“There was some interest from other clubs but I think I’m still young and I don’t want to choose the easy way and to go to a bigger club or where the league is not so good," said Duda. “I still like challenges and I’m happy to be here.

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“I never expected to play in Germany. To be honest, I’ve always liked the Italian and Spanish leagues because of the type of player I am.

“I never thought I would play in England as well. But I’ve played in Germany and now I’m going to play in England, too. It’s a challenge for me.

“I watched a few games and Norwich like to play football. Of course, we are last now but that’s not because of how we play. I saw some games and I spoke with a lot of guys – Norwich play nice football.

“I’m going to do my best. First of all, I need to get into match rhythm and we will see. I hope we are going to take some points, step-by-step. In the end, hopefully everyone will be happy.”

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Duda is looking forward to the challenges that the Premier League will present and also battling for a place in the City first-team.

“I don’t look at which teams I’m going to play. First of all, I’m going to play for Norwich and this is important for me.

“It’s a new impulse for me because in the last three months, I have fought for nothing. It was difficult to find motivation for something because it was a difficult situation.

“It’s about how fast I adapt here. There is competition in every club. I’m really professional. Everybody is competitive and we will see what comes in the next days. I will work hard and do my job.”


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