Farke confirms Fahrmann exit talks

Ralf Fahrmann has cut short his Norwich City loan 
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Ralf Fahrmann has cut short his Norwich City loan Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Ralf Fahrmann is poised to cut short his miserable stint at Norwich City to seal a loan move to SK Brann.

The Schalke 04 stopper travelled to Norway earlier this week, after Daniel Farke had confirmed he would not be involved in the FA Cup or Premier League battles over the coming days for 'personal reasons'.

Tim Krul was the spot kick hero in the FA Cup shoot out win at Tottenham on Wednesday, and Farke confirmed afterwards the German back up keeper is free to end his season long loan.

"I don't want to speculate," said Farke, when asked about media reports Fahrmann is set for a Carrow Road departure. "I said he was out this week and what I can confirm is we allowed him to speak with other clubs. This is happening at this moment.

"I have been focused on this cup game so we'll see what the outcome is. But we have allowed him to have talks with other clubs."

Fahrmann could complete his potential loan switch before Saturday's Premier League trip to Sheffield United. Farke admitted City's epic cup progress makes their task at Bramall Lane much harder as the focus returns to Premier League survival.

"It doesn't help us so much for Saturday after this unbelievable workload," he said. "But at 90 minutes on Wednesday we didn't say, 'Tottenham can go through as we have a big game at Sheffield United'.

"No, we defied the odds there and we will try to do the same at Sheffield.

"I can't guarantee what happens from here. Whether we stay in the league or win the FA Cup but by trying to be successful in both competitions we can create our own history."

Farke will allow himself a pause in his Blades' planning on Thursday night when Derby and Manchester United compete for a last eight date at Carrow Road.

"The lads deserve to have a home game after three tough away games. Carrow Road under the lights, an excited home crowd and we will work on another miracle," he said. "It will be a fantastic night but even at the final whistle I was already thinking about how we recover for the league.

"That is my focus. Totally on Sheffield and the league games and in a few weeks we can concentrate on the cup.

"The away fans at Tottenham were amazing and we don't take it as a given. But our staff are a role model for this unity. Pete, the kit man, had his birthday on Tuesday and instead of having some cake with his family, no, he wanted to travel early in the morning with our other kit man, John. They spent hours decorating the dressing room.

"Just a little detail but everyone at Carrow Road puts so much into these little details. With this unity we can create magic nights."

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