Mario Vrancic set for new Norwich City contract

PUBLISHED: 11:33 25 June 2019 | UPDATED: 11:51 25 June 2019

Mario Vrancic is set to pledge his longer term future to Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Mario Vrancic is set to pledge his longer term future to Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Canaries’ midfielder Mario Vrancic is the latest of the club’s Championship title-winning squad poised to pledge his longer term future to Norwich City.

Bosnian-based web site, Sport Sport, report on Tuesday morning the Bosnian international has reached agreement to pen a Carrow Road extension.

The cultured midfielder, who played a pivotal role in the defining phase of the club's promotion to the Premier League, was entering the final 12 months of his existing deal, but Sport Sport believe he is set to sign a one year extension after lengthy negotiations.

A new deal for Vrancic would continue the theme this summer, with sporting director Stuart Webber and head coach Daniel Farke keen to reward the core of last season's Championship squad.

The likes of Tim Krul, Marco Stiepermann, Onel Hernandez and Kenny McLean all signed new deals, while Timm Klose opted to stay at Carrow Road.

Webber made it clear earlier this summer Vrancic was one of the players he was keen to thrash out a new contract.

"Sometimes everything is through an agent and all the rest of it, but it's more like, I can speak to Tim Krul or Mario or whoever and say 'let's talk, where are we all at, how are we going to develop the club further?'," he said.

"And what's been so special about this group with what's been shown on the pitch and what Daniel has created with them is an unbelievable togetherness and wanting the best for the club.

"So when you then get to contract talks it actually becomes quite easy because there is a real level of trust, from the club and ultimately myself, but also the player knows that there's that trust and there's not that sort of game playing - because I'm not sat up at the stadium and never see them, seen as a bad guy in a suit.

"It's a bit more like, we're in this together and we can have hard and honest conversations."

Vrancic was named January's PFA fans' Championship player-of-the-month before returning after injury with a bang on the run in to finish with 10 goals in 38 appearances and earning a recall to the national squad for Euro2020 qualifiers.

The midfielder notched three goals in the final four Norwich games of the season, including a vital stoppage time free kick equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday and strikes in the wins over Blackburn and Aston Villa that confirmed promotion and the title.

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