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Ivo Pinto hoping he will still be a Norwich City player next season

Ivo Pinto is hoping he will still be a Norwich City player next season. 
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Ivo Pinto is hoping he will still be a Norwich City player next season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Ivo Pinto hopes he will still be a Norwich City player next season but admits he cannot yet be certain.

With new sporting director Stuart Webber already making plans for a busy summer in the transfer market and a new head coach set to arrive at the end of the season, change is undoubtedly coming.

But the Portuguese right-back has two years left on his contract and is hoping brighter times are ahead for him at Carrow Road.

“I have a contract with Norwich, I am working to be here, I want to be here,” Pinto said when asked if he was confident he would still be a Canaries player at the start of the next campaign.

“I do not know the day after tomorrow but my wish is to stay in Norwich and to write another page here, to be a better player and to achieve more with Norwich.

“Of course in football you never know but my wish at the moment is to stay with Norwich City.”

The arrival of former Canaries manager Chris Hughton and his already promoted Brighton team brings the current disappointing season into sharper focus for the hosts, particularly if the Seagulls wrap up the title tonight.

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Pinto does not believe the impending changes being considered by Webber have put the City players on trial for the closing stages of the campaign though – as he feels players are constantly being judged.

“When you bring in someone new it is normal that some things change,” the former Dinamo Zagreb right-back continued.

“The season was not good, the club was not satisfied so we have been told that the changes must start now, Stuart is the man that has started now.

“I think he will try to make some changes to put the club where it belongs but with concern to the players’ attitudes, no, we always work hard and we are trying to help Alan (Irvine, interim head coach), Alan is trying to help us.

“As a professional football player you are always on trial, to this club or another club or for your future so I hope all the players try their best because we need them and to show that we have the quality to stay at this club because to be here you need to work, you need to be a good player and to want a better future.

“So I think it is important that until the end of the season to show that you want to stay at Norwich City.”

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  • By no means perfect but is hard working and good going forward.If we must play with wing backs i for one would like to see him stay .Get rid of all the centre halves.

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    Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • There are a few others, but not Pinto, who should be given the IVO!

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    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Ivo, it's a no brainer , see you next season, top man.

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    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Agree with posters before me, Pinto is the one defender I would be looking to keep and Dijks if he could be persuaded to stay, but somehow I doubt it. Previously, I had thought Ryan Bennett was also worth keeping but his performances of late have been worse that Martin's and that says a lot in itself. I suspect he already has a new club lined up, but with some of his performances of late, they may well change their minds. The sad thing is, once upon a time, he was being talked up as an England Centre half, albeit by Barry Fry, when he reluctantly sold him to us.

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    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • He's a good 'un an warth akeepin.

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    Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Ivo I do not think you have to threat as you are one of very few who play for the shirt have a look to the left of you on match day and your fellow team mates in the centre of the defence they are the ones who should be very very concerned. We have been to soft at the heart of the defence and that's including those in centre midfield who are supposed to offer protection who can longer cut it. I for one am for once quite looking forward to the opportunity of the transfer market opening what an ironic thing to say from a Norwich fan considering what we have endured thalast few seasons!!!!

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    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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