Marcel Franke’s Norwich City future is up in the air
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Marcel Franke faces an anxious wait to find out if he is part of Daniel Farke's plans at Norwich City.
The 25-year-old centre back is now locked in a relegation scrap on loan with hometown club Dynamo Dresden in Bundesliga Two after falling out of favour at Carrow Road.
Franke was a first choice for City in the opening weeks of the league season following his move from Greuther Furth, but paid a high price for his role in the Championship hammerings at Aston Villa and Millwall.
'We did not have a good start to the season and had two big defeats.
'The coach wanted to find a new impulse, and took myself and the other central defender out of the game,' he said. 'After that, the team remained unbeaten for 10 games.
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'The current position is that I will return to Norwich in the summer, after all, I have two years on my contract there.
'But of course it remains to be seen how the club will ultimately plan for the new season with me.
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'In England things are physically different.
'There are squads in which everyone feels as tall as me and also has a similar physique.
'There are some real machines and also individuals who could immediately play in the Bundesliga. In the German second league a little more football is played, but I could not say which league is better.'
Franke returned home in January but finds himself pitched into a survival scrap.
The defender issued a public apology after conceding a penalty in last week's 4-0 home defeat to Kiel, which left Dresden out of the relegation play-off berth only on goal difference.
Dynamo now face a crucial trip to bottom club Kaiserslautern on Sunday with Franke aiming to make amends at the club where he learned his trade without making a first team breakthrough.
'This season is really crazy. Usually, three, four or five teams fight against relegation,' he said, speaking to German football website Liga-Zwei.
'On the other hand, everything can happen.
'If a team has a run, you could even attack the places above you.
'It's just important for us to earn points so that we do not end up with a shiver.
'We were the better team against Kiel, but in the end it means nothing. You can stand back and say, 'nice play' but at this stage only three points will do.'