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Milot Rashica: I can’t wait to get started

15 July 2021

Norwich City winger Milot Rashica sat down with canaries.co.uk on Thursday for his first club interview after signing from Werder Bremen.

“I’m very happy and very excited,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get started. I’ve settled very well here with my family, so everything was ready and prepared for us. Now, I’ve started training with the guys and I’m really enjoying it.

“Everything is amazing - the training facilities and everything looks top - so I just jumped in there and am looking forward to it.”

Rashica explained that it was his conversation with Daniel Farke about how he could fit into the Canaries’ style of play that made the decision easy.

“We had some contacts before, but then the interest was very serious in me from the beginning,” he said. “I had a good talk with the coach and he explained to me what he wants from me, the style of play of this team and I think I can fit very well. I didn’t have to think too much so I decided to come here.

“The playing style of the team can fit very well with me because they play offensive football and like to keep the ball. I hope for myself that I can use my qualities going one-on-one or making a difference. We have a lot of good players that can play these balls, so I will be ready and happy to go for it, to make the runs behind the defence and give everything.

While Rashica didn’t know any of the City squad personally before moving to Norfolk, he had faced Teemu Pukki in an international fixture between Kosovo and Finland.

“That’s a long time ago now,” he said. “Personally, I didn’t know anyone from the guys here but I had a lot of guys who played with them or they knew each other, so they were already taking care of me and now I feel like I'm here for a longer time.

“I made a big step when I left the Netherlands for the Bundesliga. The intensity, the tempo and everything was different but I needed some time in the beginning. After that, I think I had a good time there, scored a few goals and gave some assists, so I had some really good moments and developed a lot as a player there. Now, I think I’m ready for the next challenge.”

The next challenge begins with a host of pre-season fixtures prior to the Premier League campaign beginning at home to Liverpool on Saturday, August 14.

“Playing against Liverpool will be a very difficult game but until now we’re having a very good pre-season and have some weeks to go, so I think we will do everything to be as good as we can for this game,” he said.

“I’m very excited and I hope we will have [the fans] from the first game. It will be amazing to start with them.”


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