Norwich City defender Dani Ayala admitted the lure of joining former two-time European Cup winners Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan softened the blow of his temporary Carrow Road exit.

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The 21-year-old had hoped to play a major part in the Canaries’ Premier League battle this campaign, but believes joining the ambitious Championship club can work in his favour.

“I am disappointed, because I wanted to play in the Premier League,” he said. “But I know how big a club Forest is and I am pleased to be here now. Everyone knows Forest in Spain from what they achieved in Europe and winning the European Cup twice. I am really looking forward to getting started. I found out about three days ago that Norwich did not think I would play too much for them this season, so I thought it was best for me to go out on loan. That is what I am paid for.”

Ayala is no stranger to the Championship after previous loan spells at Hull and Forest’s East Midlands rivals Derby while he was at Liverpool.

“I know what to expect in the Championship. I know it is going to be a difficult challenge,” he said. “I like playing football. I am a Spanish player, so I am comfortable with the ball, but I’ve learned the physical side of things in England.

“I’ve been here for five years now since I started in Liverpool and then on loan at Hull and Derby – I was just 16 when I left so it was quite difficult to leave my family and friends and come to England.

“It was a big decision but I knew what I wanted to do and that was to play football. I’ve never had an regrets; to play for Liverpool at the time was one of the best things.”

Ayala, speaking to Forest’s official site, now wants an injury-free run after a knee and hamstring problems blighted his City career last season.

“I got a knee injury, which was disappointing to be almost the whole season out. I was out for a long time,” he said. “I played some games and thought I did quite well. Now it is another season and they do not want me there, so I want to play some matches here and get started.”

I’m looking forward to meeting up with the lads. We have another friendly on Friday (against West Brom) and hopefully I can get a few minutes then.”

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33 comments

  • My command of English surpassed that of Ar-chant`s time servers before I left Wensum View Junior School. Age 11.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Hear, hear! blackdog2

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • That`s not cricket, bluelight, ol` partner!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Kinsale Av infant and junior, Middletons lane was the big place and a bigger road .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Good afternoon Brew, At the top of the Home page there is a tab "Contact us", that takes you to an online fill in form to send or the only other address I have is newsdesk@archant.co.uk You never did reply to my question that you surely are not older than me??????

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Daniel Ayala disappointed just like most of us. Agree with you all. Wensum View brew ,raise you kinsale avenue.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • A recall clause would have been an good move but wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't one. Hopefully we will see him in yellow again soon.

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    CovCanary

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • zebbee, I remember my first day at Wensum View Junior School. The Headmaster, Mr. Poynton, explained the school`s name. "If it were not for the Waterworks wall, one would be able to see the River Wensum from here". (Paraphrase).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • COPY OF EMAIL TO ARCHANT There is a regular hardcore who daily comment in a jocular manner on the forums attached to the various daily news on Norwich or it's players. We enjoy good banter and apart from three or four trolls who are supporters of other teams posting negative comments there is never anything detrimental or abusive on there but our fun is continually spoiled. Whatever method of censoring is used we fail to understand but the innocuous comments and the reasons for deletion of them is causing intense annoyance and ruining this daily banter. We have asked many times for an explanation for this stupid and childish censoring without any luck, is it possible that someone could enlighten us please.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Agree with Ghanawin & canarydownunder (I ALWAYS agree with cdu ;-). It would seem from his words that Ayala feels hard done by. Of course, Hoots is close-up to what`s going on and he must have made that decision for the overall good. We have to trust his judgement. The feeling I get is that Dani WON`T be back. I thought he would`ve been 3rd choice CB behind Turner & Big Benno. If Forest make a good start to their season, a bid for DA in January wouldn`t surprise me. Assuming he avoids injury, of course.... IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Welcome, CliffyD. You could well be right ref the "lost in translation" thing. Or misrepresented in transcription?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • You`re right, bluelight. Wise illumination! Keep you a` troshin` down the Yare on that oldf steam boat!! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Hi all, long time reader, but first time commenter. The reason I have just registered is because I have never heard such a sad comment as "Now it is another season and they do not want me there" I hope this is one of those translation things that sounds worse than it is.....

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    CliffyD

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I may have said this elsewhere, if it got past the censors. It is reported Ayala is on £800,000. Forest have new, rich owners. If Hughton is unsure about Ayala, why pay him so much when someone else will do it and allow us to see if there is room for improvement? If he does improve and not get injured then he is worth more money, if we decide we don't want him, & a better player if we keep him.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Poor old Hoots has been handed a dead fish before - Birmingham, and he did very well with what he had. I just hope the bean-counters @ The Carra have not emasculated his clearly excellent management skills. And that he is too noble to let them do that. At least we no longer have a Donkeystar. Hopefully.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Hear, hear! blackdog2

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Well said Westy

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Totally on board with Westy & cutty. I am so disappointed that this has happened. I saw how much the Liverpool fans rated you. I just hope there is a recall clause in that loan agreement. That you are `disappointed` is of concern. Bad move. I, like many others, hope you return soon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I suppose if Ayala did get £800,000 a year he was on about £120,000 a game. Nice work if you can avoid it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I know the chances of you reading this are remote.....but if you do read this Daniel, be assued that you very much are wanted here by the Nowich fans. We were looking forward to you playing a big part this season and still hope that you can do so in the future.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Ha! only pressed send once, yet again. Ayala has played less than 45 games in three seasons, so it might be good for him to have a run, get settled and build up his confidence.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • hi brew.dont know about a steamboat on the yare,more like a rowing boat on the waveney.

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    bluelight

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Sweet-oiled X2. Tal Ben Haim is available. (precis).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • blackdog2, I`ve been trying to e-mail Ar-chant on another matter. Which address did you use?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Isn't there a bit of a disconnect between Ayala saying "they don't want me there" and Hoots saying he has a big NCFC future? There been no talk of a recall clause, so there probably isn't one. Pity, I'd like to see him back.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I have had enough. Goodbye.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • i have posted about ayala before on this sight.i am quite frankly amazed at all the comments about him.i know i am getting on a bit,but i seem to recall he only played a handfull of games,gave away a couple of penalties then got injured.so why all the panic?

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    bluelight

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • blackdog, I`ve e-mailed the Letters editor & a Mr. Richard Jewson. Never saw your age question. anyway, you`re the New Batman, we need a New Robin - that should be Canary really. I`m too old @64. Surely you are only a spring chicken? While I enjoy some success in getting thro` to the footy boards, I am totally black-balled from Pub & beer items.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Agree, downunder. I can't see how he would have played less games than Ward or Barney this season. I think he has a great future, and could have formed a very solid CB pairing with R. Bennett that would see us well for a good few years. I don't remember anyone trying to shift Dave Watson out on loan for 'experience' when we first signed him at about the same age, just threw him in the first team, and he didn't turn out too bad... I hope CH has something in the pipeline, but would prefer to get players in before we shift others out.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Surely Ward or Barnett should have gone before Ayala not to mention Whitbread. A few strange decisions starting to come out of Carra Rd,if Vaughan goes will not be impressed. Need to get Naughton in and a striker,we dont seem to be looking to spend money-could be a false economy-I hope not

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    canaryjon

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Good afternoon Brew, At the top of the Home page there is a tab "Contact us", that takes you to an online fill in form to send or the only other address I have is newsdesk@archant.co.uk You never did reply to my question that you surely are not older than me??????

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    blackdog2

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I may have said this elsewhere, if it got past the censors. It is reported Ayala is on £800,000. Forest have new, rich owners. If Hughton is unsure about Ayala, why pay him so much when someone else will do it and allow us to see if there is room for improvement? If he does improve and not get injured then he is worth more money, if we decide we don't want him, & a better player if we keep him.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Wensum View Primary School, heh. That brings back memories. Think it was against them I scored my first ever goal - for Heather Avenue. But surely Kinsale was Middletons Lane then - back in 1959. Great cup run year too. Oh, those were the days! BTW Owen now looks unlikely -odds gone out to 5-1 from 2s.

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    zebbee

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

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