Yanic Wildschut bears no grudge after forgiving Norwich City
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Yanic Wildschut revealed Norwich City inflicted one of his most painful football memories after clinching a dramatic deadline night move to Carrow Road.
The 25-year-old attacker's move from Wigan for an undisclosed fee was announced seconds before the window closed.
Wildschut was desperate to link up with the Canaries to bolster their Championship promotion bid, but the Dutchman lost out as part of the Middlesbrough squad who were beaten by Alex Neil's men at Wembley in 2015.
'You want to win things and I was at Middlesbrough when Norwich won the play-off final, so I was a bit sore, but you can just see the players here have so much quality and I can't wait to play with them,' he said. 'There are better players here (than Wigan) and I hope I can make the same step. That is why I came here. I got a really good feeling from the manager.
'Everything they did to bring me here gave me a warm feeling. They said they have a good squad but they miss someone like me; a bit of extra pace, maybe, some strength going forward and hopefully I can add this to the group. I like to go past people and create one-versus-one situations. I like to chip in with goals and assists and that is the main reason I feel the manager took me in.'
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Wildschut has scored five goals in his last nine Championship appearances, and the midfielder is keen to add to that tally.
'This is the hardest league I have played in,' he told the club's official site. 'It's like every week, whether you play the top or the bottom, you have to physically strong and keep going for 94 minutes I like the challenge and I think I am getting used to the Championship more and more.
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'Everyone has been so nice and I can see that already in the meetings and the conversations. It feels a family club.
'It is always nice to play in the big stadiums but if there are no people it is not great to play. When there is almost always a sell-out and the atmosphere that can create I am looking forward to playing in front of them. I am looking forward to the promotion chase and I want to help with that.'