Switzerland international Timm Klose admits his Norwich City future is unclear as he retains Premier League ambitions
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Norwich City defender Timm Klose has admitted his future with Norwich City remains unclear, as he retains hopes of returning to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old Switzerland international has been left out of City's squad for the last two matches, with manager Alex Neil having cited a back problem before he left the club last week.
Klose has made 29 appearances for the Canaries this season during a campaign of disappointment for the team and mixed form personally.
Speaking to Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, a daily newspaper in the Basel region of Switzerland, he has spoken about his desire to one day play for FC Basel, his homeland's dominant club.
'Of course this depends on the new coach,' Klose said, as he awaits news of Neil's successor. 'But it is also the case that we have decided with the club that we will soon discuss my future.'
While stressing that he does not have an offer from Basel, the former Wolfsburg defender continued: 'Whether or not I remain is not yet decided. As soon as it becomes concrete, I can say something about it. But at the moment I'm playing for Norwich City, and that's a priority for me.'
It is the Premier League which remains the ambition for Klose though, despite looking highly unlikely to achieve that with Norwich this season.
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When asked if it was correct Norwich would be looking for in excess of £10million to sell him, he responded: 'I can not comment on such transfer sums, which are published in the media. It is probably because the club last season has declined an offer over 12 million for me when I was still a Premier League player.'
He insists he is fit for the closing stages of the Championship season though.
'I am fit and I do everything I can to get back to (playing),' Klose continued. 'So far I have played 30 games this season. If one considers that in the Bundesliga 34 games is a whole season, this is a good record. But even if I'm not playing, I'm professional enough to keep myself fit.
'I have been practising for myself on my own in the last week, and I certainly did well. And as it goes on, we will see.'
Klose was born in Germany, in Frankfurt, but moved to Basel with his family as a child and played for FC Basel's youth team.
He admits that the connection with the club remains strong for him, however after suffering Premier League relegation with the Canaries after joining for £7.6m last January, Klose still feels he has to prove himself in the English top flight.
'Of course my heart beats for the FCB, which is an open secret, but I need to rethink my situation and consider all options,' the popular City centre-back said.
'Basically, I would like to play in the Premier League, because my time there was simply too short.'