Martin Olsson admits to the Chris Hughton effect enticing him to Norwich City

Martin Olsson skips past James Milner during Sweden's Euro 2012 clash with England.

Martin Olsson skips past James Milner during Sweden's Euro 2012 clash with England. - Credit: PA

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.'

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