City confirm Ben Gibson signing
Norwich City have completed a season long loan move for Burnley centre-back Ben Gibson - with an option to make the switch permament if they go up at the end of this season.
Gibson was unveiled on Friday evening and becomes the Canaries’ 11th new recruit of a busy close season.
The 27-year-old central defender made only one top flight start at the Clarets, after a reported £15m move from hometown club Middlesbrough in 2018, and is looking to kickstart his career again in Norfolk.
“I’m absolutely delighted. It’s been a long time coming,” he said, speaking to the club’s official site. “I’ve been desperate to play football for a couple of years now and it hasn’t materialised, so a fresh start is exactly what I need.
“An opportunity to come to an aspiring football club that has a clear ambition to get back to the Premier League at the first time of asking – that’s what I’m here to be part of, to play football and get back enjoying it and get this club back to where it belongs.
“This club has a clear ambition and more than that, it’s clear what it’s about in terms of mentality, how it’s going to get there, the structure of the club.
“Stuart Webber, the boss (Daniel Farke) and the owners have all put in place something that should last for a very long time.
“It’s a project I really wanted to be a part of.
“The facilities here are unbelievable and you can see the environment around the team, the club are making it absolutely perfect.
“There’s no excuses to why you should fail or not be at your best. All the tools are here to create something special and that’s why I wanted to be a part of it.”
Canaries’ head coach Farke views Gibson’s arrival as a real statement of intent.
“We of course wanted to get the best possible option in this area and we are delighted that we have been able to bring Ben in,” he said. “He’s an experienced player who is at a perfect age.
“He’s homegrown with lots of experience on this stage. He was also the captain of Middlesbrough and has shown that he is a great leader and character.
“Of course, he hasn’t played that much in recent months.
“He’ll need some time to adapt, but we’ve got the feeling so far that he’ll be a very important addition to our squad and perfect for us and our defensive group.”
Gibson, who will wear the number 34 shirt, trained with his non-international team mates at Colney on Friday morning but is not expected to feature in the club’s competitive bow of the 2020/21 season at Luton Town on Saturday in the League Cup.