Marcel Franke says that he wants to play good football at Norwich next season, following his arrival on Friday.
Norwich Sporting Director Stuart Webber confirmed at the annual Fans’ Forum on Thursday that the club would be announcing their new signing on Friday, which has held true.
Franke becomes Norwich’s seventh signing of the summer, joining Angus Gunn, Marley Watkins, Harrison Reed, Mario Vrancic, James Husband and Christoph Zimmermann.
Speaking to Norwich’s website, Franke said this:
England is always an option, always a dream, for a German player and especially for a defender.
Norwich is a big club in England with a great stadium and amazing supporters. I know they have played four of the last six years in the Premier League, so they are known in Germany.
I had conversations with the coach and he convinced me it was the right club. As a defender, you like to defend hard and tackle but I’m a defender who wants to play football.
I want to make many passes and have the ball on the ground. It suits the Head Coach’s style of playing football and I hope we can be successful this season.
Franke has signed a three-year deal with the club, joining for an undisclosed fee.
The German played 31 league games for Greuther last season as they finished eighth in their league. He stands at 6ft’ 4in.
The 24-year-old central defender could plug a gap at the back for Norwich, with the club only having two fully fit senior centre-backs at present.
Zimmermann has played every minute of pre-season so far but that could change if Franke is able to feature against Cambridge on Saturday.