21 days ago
Ozan Kabak became a Norwich City player on Bank Holiday Monday, joining the club from FC Schalke 04.
Here's what the new man had to say in his first club interview:
canaries.co.uk: Welcome, Ozan! First of all, how does it feel to become a Norwich City player?
OK: Thank you. I’m very happy to be a part of this family. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans and getting some points and some wins.
canaries.co.uk: What have the last 24 hours been like for you?
OK: Very busy! The transfer process is always busy for players. I woke up at 5am for the flight and have had medical checks so it’s been a busy day. But finally, I’m here and I’m 100% focused on being a Norwich player.
canaries.co.uk: Tell us some of the reasons why you’ve chosen to join Norwich City…
OK: First of all, I spoke with the coach and I’m really impressed by his project and what he said to me. I believe in him and his project. Secondly, I played in the Premier League last year and I really enjoyed it when I played. So, I want to play again and that’s why I’m here. I want to play in the Premier League and to give something to the team.
canaries.co.uk: You mentioned your conversations with head coach Daniel Farke. Is another reason you’ve joined his ability working with young players and helping them develop their game?
OK: Of course. We had a long conversation. He told me about his project and what he’s done before with young players. I’m really impressed, I knew him before because I’ve watched a lot of Premier League games. I want to progress as a young player, I’ve played a lot of games in the past for my age and they are good numbers. But I want to play a lot more.
canaries.co.uk: What did you make of the Premier League last season with Liverpool and how did it compare to the Bundesliga?
OK: The Premier League is the highest level of football. I really enjoyed it on this stage. I think it has the biggest footballers and the biggest teams and I’m really happy to be part of this league. The Bundesliga for young players is a bit easier. The Premier League has the highest level and highest intensity. So, it’s a little bit of a harder league but I’m ready for it.
canaries.co.uk: Do you feel you have unfinished business in the Premier League?
OK: Yes. I played nine games in the Premier League last season and I really enjoyed it. Now, I want to finish the job with Norwich City. I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League once again.
canaries.co.uk: For Norwich City supporters who haven’t seen you play before, tell us a bit about what you can bring to the team on the pitch…
OK: Hopefully I can bring some quality to the team. I’m physically strong and with the ball from behind, I can build up the game. I will work hard to bring some of my qualities to this team.
canaries.co.uk: You’re only 21 years of age and already have lots of experience playing at the top level in the Premier League, Bundesliga and Champions League. Do you think that will help you settle very quickly?
OK: I’ve played already at four top clubs in my professional career so I have no problems settling or adapting to new clubs. In a few weeks, I will get my minutes with the team. There’s no issues with adapting for me.
canaries.co.uk: You have the international break now with Turkey. Are you looking forward to getting some games and minutes in the tank before you return back ready for action here?
OK: I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans with this jersey but now we have the international break. I will go there and get my minutes and come back to meet the coaches and my new teammates. We will start to work to get some wins and take some points to make our fans happy.