Martin Olsson admits to the Chris Hughton effect enticing him to Norwich City
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It was the Chris Hughton factor that helped secure Norwich City their man, according to new signing Martin Olsson.
The 25-year-old is alongside young Dutch stars Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer in Hughton's new faces to arrive this summer – all seemingly sold on the City manager's vision for Premier League improvement. And Olsson, a reported £2.5m arrival from Blackburn, was happy to add his name to the list.
'I'm very happy – it feels good to be back in the Premier League again, to be with a Premier League club, so I'm excited,' said the Sweden international.
'My dream was always to play in the Premier League again. I went down into the Championship and it was a good lesson for me as well. I learned a lot of things. But I'm at a new club now, so I'm looking forward to being with the players and enjoying my time here.
'I had a few other clubs interested but I think Chris gave me a good idea of how he wanted to play and the ambition of this club. And you just see from the new signings they've done as well, and there will be a few more coming in maybe.
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'So he told me the whole thing and told me he was excited, and it's looking like a great ambition he is trying to do here.'
Olsson spent seven years at Ewood Park – almost all of which was in the Premier League. He set off for the United States with the rest of his new team-mates yesterday, although he has not played a competitive game since March following a hamstring injury last season.
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'It was very difficult to leave,' Olsson added, speaking to Canaries Player. 'I was thinking about it a lot. It's like my second home. But I had to move on and try different things. I want to see how much I can play in the Premier League.
'I haven't played for a while so slowly I'm going to get into it and hopefully sooner than later I can get some games as well. But for now I need to get fit.'