Alex Tettey happy his Norwich City efforts are being recognised in Norway
PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 December 2015
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Personal recognition has been put on the back burner by Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey as he focuses on his Premier League priorities.
Canaries goalkeeper Remi Matthews looks unlikely to extend his loan spell with League One promotion hopefuls Burton Albion.
The Gorleston-born 21-year-old has made six appearances for Burton, providing cover for number one Jon McLaughlan.
New Albion boss Nigel Clough is expecting the youngster to return to Norfolk when his deal expires on January 5 though.
“It’s difficult for Remi because he came to play and challenge for a first team spot, and he’s one of those people we’re talking about where he’s only played a couple of games,” Clough told the Derby Telegraph.
“I think ideally he’d like to be playing some football so it might mean him going back to do that.”
Norwich boss Alex Neil confirmed the return, saying: “Remi was coming back anyway, he’ll be coming back as soon as his loan’s complete.
“We’ll need to have a look at that when he comes back, so he’ll come back, train with the squad and we’ll have a chat with him and see what options we’ve got.”
The 29-year-old midfielder has been nominated for Norwegian football’s most prestigious individual award, the Gullballen.
Tettey is nominated for the award – the Golden Ball, in English – along with Norway team-mate Omar Elabdellaoui, a full-back who plays in Greece for Olympiakos, and women’s football star Ada Hegerberg, who plays for French side Lyon.
The former Rosenberg and Rennes battler said of his nomination: “I don’t know if I will win or not but it’s just good to be nominated and for them to see all the work I’m putting in.
“It is the highest thing you can get in Norway so if I win that it will just confirm that I’m doing something right in my career, but it is just an award, if you win or don’t win I am still doing the right things by playing in the Premier League.”
Tettey was born in Ghana but moved to Norway with his family at the age of 13. He joined the Canaries from Rennes in the summer of 2012 and has since made 105 appearances in all competitions, scoring his fifth goal in last weekend’s landmark 2-1 victory at Manchester United.
City boss Alex Neil is pleased to see Tettey getting recognition in his homeland, saying: “Alex has been great, I think when he’s been available he’s been an ever-present in my team.
“He’s somebody who I can rely on and he’s an absolute warrior, he gives me all he’s got every game so Alex has done great for me since I’ve been here.”
Tettey also played a key role in Norway’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign, scoring against Malta and Italy to help set up a play-off against Hungary, which was lost 3-1 on aggregate.
That busy start to the season, 21 games including his six for Norway, has kept the popular midfielder busy. He is now hoping the knee problems he has previously experienced do not flare up over Christmas, as City prepare for two games in three days.
“I surely hope so,” Tettey said when asked if his knee would be ok.
“Playing in Premier League and European games is different, I’m just taking it game by game.
“It’s Tottenham first and we will see how the body recovers but hopefully, because the Villa game is a very important game, I won’t miss that game. When your body tells you something, you have to listen, but hopefully it will go well.”
Another of City’s players has also been nominated for a national award, with winger Nathan Redmond on the shortlist for the FA’s England Under-21 Player of the Year award.
“We’ve got good players and Nathan Redmond I think is one of the best young talents in the country and he’s been terrific for us,” Neil added.
“He was excellent at Old Trafford at the weekend and we’re hoping that he can put that sort of level of performance in to the games that are coming up.
“So the guys deserve all the credit they get for basically doing their job.”