Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel aims to resurrect career at Real Betis
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Norwich City's club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel aims to resurrect his career at Real Betis.
The Dutch striker completed a season-long loan move to Seville on the penultimate day of the summer transfer window and could make his La Liga debut at home this weekend to Real Sociedad.
Van Wolfswinkel has two years left on his current Norwich deal, but has failed to establish himself at Carrow Road after scoring on his Premier League debut in 2013.
The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at St Etienne, although the French club opted not to take up an option to buy, but van Wolfswinkel believes he can be a success in Spain alongside countryman Rafael van der Vaart, who moved to Betis earlier in the summer.
'I heard nothing but good things about the club and the city and it really was easy for me to make the decision when I spoke to Rafa,' said the striker, who signed off with the winner in Norwich's recent Capital One Cup outing at Rotherham on a rare first team appearance. 'I spoke a little bit with him and with (sporting director) Eduardo (Macia) and they made me feel like they really need me, that I am going to play and that he thinks I can be really important for the team, just as I believe, myself. It was a positive conversation. I arrived and straight away joined in with training and it is good for me to start learning about new team mates and the way they want to play.'
Van Wolfswinkel is refusing to put any extra pressure on his shoulders ahead of his La Liga bow.
'I never set a number of goals, so don't ask me that, I just try to score as many as I can,' he said. 'I will work hard for that, if I can't do that I will try to let my team mates score. At the end it is all about the team.
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'My priority is to play well for Betis and if I do well here then maybe the national team will come but for now my focus is on Betis. I expect a hard season, it is a great competition so I need to fight to get my place in the team and show my skills and be important for the team.'