Alex Tettey bears no grudge over Norwich City’s hardline transfer window stance
PUBLISHED: 15:50 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 15 September 2017
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Alex Tettey insists he will give his all for Norwich City whether he is in the club’s long term plans or not.
Tettey was denied the chance to explore a loan move in the recent transfer window, but the combative midfielder has since forced his way into Daniel Farke’s plans.
The 31-year-old is out of contract at Carrow Road at the end of the season and admits he was prepared to move on last month.
“I didn’t go around asking the club, ‘Am I in your plans?’ I just let it happen,” he said. “Obviously when you are used to playing games and in the beginning of the season you see you are there but not quite there in terms of the starting line up, yes, you get some thoughts of maybe if this could happen it would be nice. I was very calm about the situation. I was told I wasn’t going anywhere and that was it. I didn’t try to make any big deal out of it. I have a contract until the summer and if they want me here, they want me here. If not, I will do something else. At the moment they want me here and I am trying to help the team win some games. When the window is closed, then that is done and it helped to play a couple of games to not think about that situation.”
Harrison Reed was preferred to Tettey in the opening Championship games before a change of shape following the international break saw the former Norwegian international midfielder restored to the line up for the two consecutive clean sheets against Birmingham City and Burton.
“I said last season towards the end it might be a new coach who thinks differently and you have to accept it,” he said. “When you play for a club, the manager uses you when he wishes and you accept that. He didn’t tell me I was never going to play, he just said at the start perhaps he would choose different players. It is the same for me and other players who have been here a long time but you just have to fight on.
“I’ve been training well and been keeping fit. I’ve had to be patient, and I’m still patient. I’m used to playing all the time so that is strange but it’s not something I’ve been thinking over day and night. Okay, so I wasn’t picked I went home to see my family, to play with my little boy. It can be frustrating but it’s a mental battle with the other guy within yourself, the invisible guy. At the moment, I’m winning that battle.”