‘I wanted to go back to Spain’ - Amadou on City departure

PUBLISHED: 11:35 04 February 2020 | UPDATED: 11:40 04 February 2020

Ibrahim Amadou returned to Spain after cutting short his season-long loan in January Picture: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Ltd

Ibrahim Amadou returned to Spain after cutting short his season-long loan in January Picture: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Ltd

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Ibrahim Amadou has said a desire to return to Spain was the primary reason behind his Norwich City exit.

The French midfielder cut his loan spell with the Canaries short on Deadline Day in order to join La Liga strugglers Leganes for the remainder of the campaign.

He featured 11 times for City in the Premier League, but the depleted state of the Canaries defence, due to injuries, saw Amadou deployed predominantly as a make-shift central defender.

Of his 11 appearances for City, seven arrived with ex-Lille man playing in the heart of City's defence, with only three coming as a defensive midfielder.

The form of Alex Tettey also prevented Amadou breaking into City's midfield on a consistent basis.

Daniel Farke placed Amadou among his central defensive options in a recent press conference and the 26-year-old failed to build upon his impressive full-debut against Manchester City.

Reports suggested Amadou's representatives were holding discussions with Serie A side Genoa last week prior to his move to Leganes.

The Spanish side sit 18th in the table following an impressive 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad on Sunday. Amadou didn't sign in time to be available for the game, but took up a watching brief to see his new side in action.

Amadou was unveiled officially as a Leganes player on Monday alongside striker Roger Assale, who joined the side on loan from Swiss side Young Boys.

Ibrahim Amadou was seen as a central defensive option by Daniel Farke. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdIbrahim Amadou was seen as a central defensive option by Daniel Farke. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Speaking about his Carrow Road departure, Amadou said: "For me it was a very difficult situation, I was in England waiting for the three clubs to agree a move.

"I wanted to go back to Spain because I knew that Leganes is a good club for me. I needed to play and I have the confidence of the club to do so here. I think I can help this team to be fine," he told Yahoo Sport in Spain.

"I arrived two days ago, I don't know the club very well. But here there are two or three teammates from Seville and that has helped me a lot, because I already knew them before I arrived. I am very happy to come to help this team."

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