City star gives his view on next season - and whether he will be part of it
PUBLISHED: 17:16 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 18 May 2018
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Timm Klose is not only planning for another season at Norwich City - he's also looking forward to it.
The 30-year-old Switzerland international was a consistent performer for Daniel Farke, in what was collectively a more erratic Canaries campaign.
The centre-back has just a year left on his City deal and with money tight at Carrow Road, there could yet be big decisions to make over the coming transfer window – as well as beyond.
But make no mistake. Klose is enjoying himself with City and determined to give back to the club after injury, Premier League relegation and adjusting to Championship life all played their part in his first 18 months with the club.
“I have one more year and that’s all I can say,” said Klose. “I’m very happy here. I think you can see that this season I’ve really enjoyed playing for this club.
“I tried to give something back because my first season in the Championship was not good enough, and that was one goal.
“I’m going to set myself goals in every season and for next season, so far it’s here for me and that’s why I’m looking forward to it.
“We have quality players in the team and they are young, they must be hungry and they have to go next season again – and I think they will.
“It’s just sometimes you have to learn a lesson very hard. It’s life. No one hits you harder than life.”
City’s end of season thrashing at Sheffield Wednesday left them 14th in the final Championship table – a finish that for some, should help dampen expectations ahead of what will be a crucial summer of adjustment to life without parachute payments.
On the flip side, some supporters will already want a relatively fast start next season to show lessons have been learned by head coach Daniel Farke after his first campaign in England.
“It’s not pressure – it’s football,” said Klose. “It’s what you like. What you love. And you want to go out and win the games. You don’t want to go out and then drive home with a heavy defeat in our back, and the next day, everything is all right.
“That’s not the case. I love this game. You’re a professional because you love the game, you want to go out and show the fans and the board and the club that you deserve to wear the badge on your chest.
“Sometimes there is pressure maybe. Perhaps when we play against Ipswich, don’t lose the game again.
“But everything like that is go out, fight for the club, fight for the fans, fight for yourself. If you play well, you’re in the window for something bigger maybe. You never know. It’s a stage all the time.
“I don’t want to speak about pressure. There is no pressure. We just had a good season, to learn what we have to do better next season.”
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