Norwich City are preparing for life back in the Championship after their relegation from the Premier League and will hope to have Teemu Pukki to call on as they look to make it three promotions in the last five years.
The Canaries won the division in both 2018/19 and 2020/21, with their Finnish striker spearheading the attack by scoring 55 goals and providing 14 assists across those two seasons.
Norwich triggered the one-year extension in the 32-year-old’s contract earlier this summer but his agent, Teemu Turunen, has cast doubt on his future since.
Turunen told Finnish outlet MTV Uutiset that negotiations were ongoing but that Pukki still wanted to plat at the top level.
He said:”It is not the optimal situation that the club is in the Championship. That’s clear.
“Negotiations are going on all the time. It is then a different matter whether it leads to anything. However, Teemu is the kind of player that every player should be, that as long as there is a contract, their own business is done with honour.
“The starting point is that Teemu will go back to Norwich for the training season, but if something happens here before the end of August, I don’t know. Yes, Teemu has a desire to play as high as possible.”
But ultimately, Pukki remains under contract at Carrow Road and it seems the Norfolk club have no plans to let him leave despite his deal expiring in the summer.
Norwich boss Dean Smith made his stance clear at the start of this month when pressed on the comments made by the Finland international’s agent.
He told Pink Un: “Well, Kieran Dowell would like to play in the Premier League. I would like to be managing in the Premier League. That is all his agent was saying, I think.
“He’ll be staying. Certainly.”
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Norfolk Live has reported that there are clubs in the Premier League and other European top tiers interested in the striker but Smith’s comments indicate that a pursuit is likely to be unsuccessful.
With less than a year left on the 32-year-old’s contract, it’s hard to see another team offering enough to convince Norwich to let go of one of their top players and a forward with an outstanding record in the division they’re about to return to.
Promotion will be the target once again and letting the prolific Championship goalscorer leave would be a real dent to their hopes.
Pukki was one of multiple players that has been given an extended summer break by the Canaries after playing for Finland in the Nations League in June and they’ll be hoping he returns fully rested for the 2022/23 campaign.