Norwich City chief Chris Hughton will decide Luciano Becchio’s next career move
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Chris Hughton has warned Luciano Becchio he is the one will decide on the Norwich City striker's future after the Argentine's public outburst over his fears of being marginalised at Carrow Road.
Hughton admitted he was disappointed at the striker's decision to air his grievances in a national newspaper over his lack of first team opportunities since a switch from Leeds in January 2013. Becchio has made just two Premier League starts for the club and revealed his frustration at the Canaries' continued refusal to let him out on loan in a bid for regular football. Hughton confirmed Becchio remains part of his squad for this weekend's Premier League test against Crystal Palace after clear-the-air talks yesterday at Colney.
'No, he hasn't asked to leave,' said Hughton. 'The relationship I have got with him is very, very good. He is somebody I have a lot of respect for. He is in there fighting and competing and that is all I can ask him to do.
'In terms of whether we will fine him or not that is club business and will be kept in-house. These are things as a manager you have to deal with. We have a very good group here and Luciano is a smashing lad but sometimes players make mistakes. It's not so much the timing but I am more disappointed in the fact we have a policy at this club and Luciano knows that. It is something that should have not have gone out in the paper and it disappoints me that it has, but we will solve that. In reference to the comments he made he is very welcome to make me aware of those directly - my door is always open.'
Becchio has found his path to the first team blocked by the summer arrivals of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander, despite prolonged injury absences for club-record signing van Wolfswinkel and Hooper.
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'We brought in those three strikers and there was always going to be fierce competition. I accept it has been difficult and frustrating for him but things can change,' said Hughton. 'He has fallen the wrong side of the decisions I have made but the fact we have kept him in the squad tells you the door is certainly not closed. We made a decision we wanted to keep him and that is why we have not allowed him to go out on loan.
'I'm still very happy to have him here. I am around the players every single day on the training pitch and sometimes there will be a player who perhaps you have not spoken to for a while, but it is not something we have had problems here. We have a very good group of lads.'
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