Rumoured Norwich City target Nicklas Helenius would rather play in Holland or Germany

Monday, July 9, 2012
3:43 PM

Reported Norwich City target Nicklas Helenius has revealed he would prefer a move to Germany or Holland ahead of England.

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Helenius, 21, said he felt honoured by interest from English clubs – with West Bromwich Albion and Fulham also thought to have run the rule over him – but would prefer a move to the German or Dutch as they fit his style better.

“Naturally I’m happy to wanted by various clubs in Europe as that is what every young player dreams about, but I’m fairly calm about the whole situation. I’m just concentrating on my football so I can become even better,” said Helenius.

“A move to England would be an attractive proposal, but it will only happen if I feel that it is the best option for me.

“If it was up to me I would prefer the German or Dutch league as their culture is closer to the Danish culture and I really feel that my playing style would fit well in those two leagues. The Premier League is also attractive, but only if a club shows a genuine interest in helping me develop as a footballer.”

Helenius scored 14 goals last season for AAB in the Danish Superliga.

Meanwhile a former Norwich City player is looking forward to fresh challenge after securing his immediate future over the weekend. Milton Keynes Dons have signed Jon Otsemobor after he agreed a one-year contract at stadium:MK. The 29-year-old defender had been available after his release from Sheffield Wednesday following an injury-hit season.

The deal means the former Liverpool trainee has become Milton Keynes Dons first summer signing.

Manager Karl Robinson said: “I believe if we keep him fit, we’ve got the best right-back in the league.”

Otsemobor will have a quick chance to play against the Canaries, who travel to Milton Keynes for a friendly on Friday, August 3. Another ex-Canary also moved clubs recently, with Jason Shackell completing a £1.1m switch from Derby to Championship rivals Burnley last week.

14 comments

  • That's the first time that I have heard a Dane saying he preferred the German to the British culture. I think that there is a Basil Fawlty quote that could be relevant here. He obviously does not understand that the true Dutchmen moved out of Holland to Norwich during the Spanish Inquisition.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • I thought as many (if not more) Danes moved to Germany as to England and The Netherlands to escape the Inquisition, so things haven't changed that much since the 16th century: Whether weavers then, or footballers now, when they moved, it wasn't just the culture that drove them - They made sure they moved to the country where they could make most money!

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    Robin Hood

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • That`s all good stuff, Pondy. The lad clearly is unaware of our strong connections with the Vikings and with the Dutch land drainage experts, horticulturalists, etc. Our relationship with Germany is perhaps better known! Then again, the Dutch and>or the Flemish were influential in the use of Hops in our brewing. He`d surely feel at home when he sees the windmills and the broad vistas of the broads etc. But I doubt there`s anything at all behind this "target" puff anyway. I bet Delia could tempt him with her pastries, or maybe Steven Fry could arrange a performance of Hamlet..... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Take him on a tour via Denver sluice, arrange for a few extra cyclists in Carrow Road and we can convince him he is in Holland. If all else fails get LInd's to loan him a BMW

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • The Danes were still a load o'old forinners at the end of the Danelaw - It only lasted a couple o'hundred years after all! Those that stayed on are just about integrated now and I'm sure we'll be much more welcoming to Nick Helenius if he decides to sign. He looks a good player.

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    Robin Hood

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Prem League seems to be low on his list of priorities, he couldn't even be bothered to lie and say what a wonderful opportunity it would be.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Take a chance Nicklas (if a bid is forthcoming), you might grow to like it here.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • Wasn't Andrés Inquisition playing in midfield for Spain and got voted player of the tournament?

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Seems nobody is expecting the Danish Acquisition either.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • ethered again

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Doesn`t this chap realise the amount of Danish blood there is in we Naarfolk natives? Danelaw lasted from the 9th Century to the Norman Conquest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Ha! Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition to get the vote, but did it Mata? At least he did have a nice red uniform. I'm off to answer a doorbell somewhere before more diabolical malapropisms appear! (With apologies to the post-Python generations who won't get any of that)

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    Robin Hood

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Wikipedia has him as Nicklas Helenius Jensen. Is that something to do with the Danish way of structuring surnames to include both parents? He`s a big ol` unit; 6` 5". Make "Titch" Ward look even smaller and Holty would become Corbettesque! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Ha! Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition to get the vote, but did it Mata? At least he did have a nice red uniform. I'm off to answer a doorbell somewhere before more diabolical malapropisms appear! (With apologies to the post-Python generations who won't get any of that)

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    Robin Hood

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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