‘Comfortable’ Javier Garrido keen on permanent switch from Lazio to Norwich City
Norwich City's on-loan defender Javier Garrido would consider a permanent move to Carrow Road.
The 27-year-old arrived on an initial season-long deal from Serie A heavyweights Lazio in the summer, but Garrido revealed he is enjoying life in Norfolk on and off the pitch.
The Spaniard has managed to establish himself in Chris Hughton's Premier League plans and Garrido sees no reason to leave if he can retain a regular starting place.
'It's different (living in Norfolk) – the weather is different, the food is different,' he said. 'I am quite an easy guy and wherever I am I try to get involved in the culture of the place that I'm living. I would like to stay – I feel so comfortable here but it depends on how it goes from here until the end of the season.
'If I play then the idea is for me to stay longer, but it doesn't just depend on me it depends on the situation of the club and how I play until the end of the season,' he said. 'I would like to stay – I feel so comfortable here. I am a football player and I like to play. I feel good in the town as well and I would like to stay for longer.'
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Garrido's girlfriend has recently arrived in Norfolk to help the former Manchester City defender settle into his new surroundings but he revealed his team-mates have also helped him to integrate into the dressing room.
'We went to play snooker – any time we can the guys are making plans and I think that's good for the atmosphere inside the dressing room,' he said.
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'Rome is a fantastic place to live. You have got everything there like museums – you can't really compare Norwich with Rome but I am here to play football. I am really happy here.'
Hughton enticed Garrido back to the Premier League after the left-back's previous three-year stint at Manchester City.
'Every manager has got a way he likes to train,' he said.
'The manager here wants everyone to be compact. He knows what our strengths are and how to make sure we use them.
'Everything is still the same. Some players are with different clubs but the tempo and the atmosphere is the same in the Premier League.'
Garrido ranked Chelsea's emphatic display on Norwich's recent visit to Stamford Bridge as the toughest test of his early City career, with compatriot Juan Mata a real menace in the Champions League winners' 4-1 victory.
'He is getting used to playing in England and he is getting better – he is a great footballer,' said Garrido. 'Chelsea and Liverpool were in a good situation when we played them.
'I think they were very comfortable against us because our performance wasn't good.'
Garrido is likely to be restored to the Norwich side for tomorrow Barclays Premier League clash against Stoke after being rested for City's Capital One Cup win against Spurs.
Garrido knows the Potters are likely to be a different type of challenge to what he has faced so far but believes home advantage could be key.
'When you play against that kind of team you have to be prepared,' he added. 'It is going to be a physical game but we are playing at home and we have to go for the three points.
'Every team has its own strengths – probably Stoke's main strength is the throw-in and the long ball. We have to just do our best to beat them.'