Norwich City’s record signing, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel has hinted that he may stay in France with St Etienne.
The striker joined Norwich City last summer for a fee of around £7.5m, but with the weight of Norfolk upon the Dutchman’s shoulders, Van Wolfswinkel was burdened with expectation and struggled to adapt to life in Norwich. 1 goal all season for the new arrival led to the 25-year-old being loaned out at the start of the season to St Etienne.
Speaking to The Pink’un, Van Wolfswinkel said, “I’ve played on a lot of stages, in a lot of countries as well. The atmosphere here is exceptional – and I don’t say that because I am part of the club. These are probably the best fans I’ve had the chance to play in front.
I’m seriously thinking about staying here. I would like to, even though I know things can evolve quickly. But for it to happen, I will need to play well, be important for the team. But I don’t see why I would want to go elsewhere. The Netherlands, Portugal, England, France – we’ve moved a lot and my family feels good here. People are very friendly.”
Van Wolfswinkel is enjoying a better campaign with the French outfit and insists he is finding it easier than at Norwich City; “I did not like my last year in England but I do not think it has slowed my career.
I was hurt by it. I could not show all my qualities or play every week, plus the team did not practice good football.
You learn a lot when you succeed. But maybe we learn more when going through a bad period. It happens, and I came out stronger mentally. It’s allowed me to target a lot of things I need to do differently.”
A player who could be leaving Carrow Road for good in the summer, St Etienne can sign Van Wolfswinkel for £6m if they agree to do so at the end of the season.
Would Norwich City fans welcome a return for the Wolf?