Norwich City attacker Emiliano Buendia has revealed he is happy at the club, despite admitting his desire to get back to the Premier League as soon as possible.
Buendia has been the subject of much speculation again this month, with the Argentine heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the January window.
However, it seems as though the 24-year-old will not be too disappointed if a move to the Gunners does not go through in the next few weeks.
Speaking about the rumours surrounding his future, and his current situation at Norwich, Buendia was quoted by The Daily Mail as telling Argentine outlet Radio Residencias: “It is true that there was a lot of talk in the summer, after relegation, about the possibility that both I and other teammates could leave the team to continue in the Premier League
“However, I always had my head in this club. I belong to Norwich, I have to do things well for my team. Tomorrow we will see, but I never had my head outside the objectives, to work so that my club does well.
“As this season unfolds, we are doing well and I am very happy to be here. We are in a good position, I am feeling important, I am adding goals and assists for my teammates.”
Norwich are currently of the Championship table, six points clear of the places at the halfway stage of the season, and it seems securing a return to the Premier League could be key to the club’s hopes of retaining Buendia’s services beyond the end of this season.
Discussing his ambitions, the attacker reportedly told Argentine publication La Capital: “I always say it. It [the Premier League] is the best league in the world, it is the one that makes the difference at all levels.
“Any team makes life difficult for anyone, it is very complicated. The organisational level is perfect, the stadiums have a lot of history, the conditions for playing football are ideal, there are no excuses. And the players and the teams are the best.
“I aspire to the best and work every day to get back to it, either in my team or through a transfer. Returning to the Premier League in the short term is a dream.”
So far this season, Buendia has scored seven goals and provided six assists in 19 league appearances for Norwich.
As things stand, there are still three-and-a-half years remaining on Buendia’s contract with Norwich, securing his future at Carrow Road until the end of the 2023/24 season.
This does look to be promising news for Norwich and their hopes of promotion this season.
It seems as though there chances of keeping Buendia beyond the January window have increased, given he is happy at the club, and therefore unlikely to be pushing for a move.
However, it is clear that the attacker wants to be back in the Premier League sooner rather than later, meaning the situation here could change considerably if they do not secure promotion this season.
As a result, you feel the pressure will firmly be on Daniel Farke and his side to do just that during the second half of the campaign.