Vrancic feeling settled at City and still holds international hopes

PUBLISHED: 17:44 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:44 19 March 2018

Mario Vrancic played a key part in Norwich City's 3-2 win over Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Mario Vrancic played a key part in Norwich City's 3-2 win over Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Mario Vrancic is already looking forward to next season, as he continues to establish himself as a Norwich City player.

The 28-year-old put in one of his best performances since his summer arrival during Saturday’s 3-2 home win over Reading, scoring a first league goal as he continues to overcome a shaky first half of the season.

“The second year is always easier and better for a new signing, particularly guys from abroad,” said Vrancic. “If they are already here for one year they already know how to act and play here.

“It’s early to talk about it and in my case I am very excited about the new season – but let’s focus on the present and getting some good results.”

The former Mainz and Paderborn midfielder joined for around £650,000 last summer after scoring four goals in 23 games for Darmstadt in the German top flight last season.

That was his third consecutive Bundesliga campaign, which had brought international recognition with Bosnia & Herzegovina, having been part of the Germany team beaten by Brazil in extra-time in the Under-20 World Cup final in 2009.

Vrancic hasn’t represented his country since winning his sixth cap during the second half of a 5-0 home win over Gibraltar a year ago and hasn’t been included for friendlies against Bulgaria and Senegal during the current break, with Bosnia having missed out on World Cup qualification.

“To be fair in the recent weeks I haven’t thought about it too much,” Vrancic said.

“It is always nice when you get a call-up to the national team but we got a new team manager for Bosnia (former Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Robert Prosinecki) and I just concentrate on the basic stuff here at Norwich, the rest will come automatically. If you perform here, score goals and play well, the call-up will come.”

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Having lived in Germany since the age of five, Vrancic was able to help January signings Dennis Srbeny and Onel Hernandez after their summer arrivals.

I helped them a lot: to looks at some flats, getting a mobile phone and getting into the city, to make life easier for them,” he added.

“At the moment I’ve adapted to the British style of life and the British style of football, so it’s kind of also part of our friendship to help the other players.”

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