Daniel Farke has plans for Harrison Reed and Moritz Leitner
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Daniel Farke wants Harrison Reed and Moritz Leitner back at Norwich City next season.
The City chief is enjoying working with the midfield loan duo but knows the final decision rests elsewhere.
Reed is open to a Carrow Road return, although that is likely to hinge on Southampton’s Premier League status.
Bundesliga star Leitner has proved a classy addition, since his switch from FC Augsburg in January, and Farke is a huge fan of his fellow German.
“I always think about the futures of my players,” he said.
“There is no secret Harrison Reed has played a really good season. He is able to play in a number of different positions and for such a young lad he has become pretty important.
“I like to work with him and would like to work with him further on.
“It is not in our hands because it is just a loan. We have to wait a little bit and see what the thoughts are of Southampton.
“But, yes, I would be happy to work with him and like him a lot.
“The same with Moritz Leitner.
“He has proved what he can do but again it is a loan and we are addicted to the thoughts of Augsburg and Moritz. What the player wants is also important. “We have to find a solution with them and the clubs. It is hard work for Stuart Webber but I am sure he will find some good solutions for us in the summer.”
City head to play-off chasing Preston this weekend, and Farke admits a positive finish to his first campaign in England could tip the balance when targeting fresh blood.
“It is important to finish strongly for the opponents we face and maybe for potential signings who can see the club is moving in the right direction,” he said. “The problems of the last two difficult years were still influencing the start of this season.
“So it can have an effect even if the results are not crucial for the table.
“I was looking forward to doing this job and I was well prepared.
“There is not a big cultural difference, or in terms of playing football, between England and Germany.
“I was prepared for the heavy load with the league games and the two cups.
“Whether I am a coach in England or Germany you are always learning from each experience.
“I am enjoying my life here and appreciate to be in an important role for this big club.”