Chris Hughton insisted tonight young defender Dani Ayala has a big future at Norwich after sanctioning a season-long loan switch to Nottingham Forest.

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The Canaries’ boss reiterated he had no interest in offloading the classy centre-back, but wants Ayala to step up his football education at the promotion contenders.

Hughton, speaking after the latest friendly draw at Hull, also dismissed reports Forest were interested in a deal for Elliott Ward, who along with Wes Hoolahan missed the goalless trip to the KC with minor knocks.

“Whether there is any fact (in those reports) I don’t know. There hasn’t been any official contact,” said Hughton. “They initially came in and asked about Ayala and I had a decision to make. I have to say it wasn’t a particularly easy decision but then if I look at what we have got it wasn’t a hard one either.

“He is a player I like but he played some six or seven games last season so he missed quite a bit of last season through injury. I just feel if he can get regular games he will come back a better player.

“He is a player I am sure if we wanted to sell, I could sell him but I wasn’t interested in selling him. He has gone out on loan to a good club with a good manager that will certainly play a good, attractive passing game. But he has also gone to a club where there is a bit of pressure.

“They have got high expectations the Forest supporters. They have brought in new players and they have new owners so it was important for me he went somewhere with that pressure on the lad.

“They are a club who want to have a go in the division and that played a part in it as well.”

Hughton reassured Ayala he is part of his long term plans before his City Ground exit.

“It’s a good move for the lad,” he said. “I spoke to him before he went and he is a player that we want to go out on loan as oppose to sell him because we feel he is a player with potential. If he can go and get real good Championship experience in a tough division this season then I want him to get games under his belt and he will certainly come back a better player.”

Hughton also delivered a positive injury bulletin with midfield duo David Fox and Jacob Butterfield now back in training with the squad after a disrupted pre-season. Young midfielder Korey Smith has been given time off on compassionate grounds after a family bereavement.

17 comments

  • Alternatively, "you call those man boobs?".

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Just hope there`s a recall clause, goldie. I must try to slough off these scales of pessimism I`m wearing!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Nope, happy couple after a successful pregnancy ultrasound scan.. Hughton is glowing & Steve is well chuffed.

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Reply sweet-oiled, Scrim. I`ve tried your technique but the system serially blocks attempts then disappears them. Badness. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • goldie covered most of what I TRIED to say! OTBC. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • regular games make the player better, so would not regular games in the Prem make a player better than games in the Chumpionship. Still dont see we have 2 better first pick and bench cover , hope I'm wrong. Maybe its a Curtis Davis thing

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • PS. Who says Forest are "promotion contenders"? I think they were in relegation trouble most of last season and even managed to finish below the Mighty Gyppeswick.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Hoots is thinking "If you don`t want the goods, don`t muck `em abaart, tubby".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Picture caption. Brucie, "I'm sorry that you're hungry Chris, but I saw the pies and it was all over in seconds".

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Loaning out Ayala is a mistake in my view. I appreciate he needs game time but surely he would have got that with us this season, being preferred to Barny and Ward. Offloading one of those two would have made more sense to me. Let's hope Hoots knows what he's doing.

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Sorry to hear the Korey Smith news. See you back soon, Korey! Not at all happy about Ayala going to Forest on loan....unless Hoots has a berra option? As things stand our 1st choice CBs should be R. Bennett & Turner? Cafu needed @ full back, since we don`t have many of them..... Naughton is reported as being "let go" by Spurs... I`m getting a bit edgy about current developments. What IS occurring with "Pitbull" Vaughan??

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Fair shout, Scrim. I hope there will still be a couple of recruits for the full-back, CB and maybe striker depts, with departures as appropriate. Certainly we need a FB for starters, specially if Cafu is called on to fill CB duties (at which he excels). I think we`ve all got used to business being done much earlier than this under Gorbalschev`s regime! OTBC. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Back on topic, I would rather Dani had a moderate Norwich present, followed by a big Norwich future. Not walk into the Nottingham Forest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Agree with you MB at the worst the loan should have been only until January window. But i'm afraid us mushrooms are kept in the dark as far as the big picture is concerned.

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    goldie

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I support Hughton. He's won me over so far. As long as he gets results this season, that won't change. Am not gonna start knocking his decisions unless things don't go to plan. IHWT OTBC

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Can't really comment what is going on until we see what actually happens when we play Fulham. Must surely be more players to go and more to come in as things don't look too brilliant at the moment. If Vaughan goes surely someone better must be coming in as Vaughan has looked the most lively forward so far when he has played in the pre season games.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • At least the absence of Korey Smith is explained, sympathy to him.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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