Marcel Franke's Norwich City future is up in the air
PUBLISHED: 19:00 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 May 2018
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Marcel Franke faces an anxious wait to find out if he is part of Daniel Farke's plans at Norwich City.
The 25-year-old centre back is now locked in a relegation scrap on loan with hometown club Dynamo Dresden in Bundesliga Two after falling out of favour at Carrow Road.
Franke was a first choice for City in the opening weeks of the league season following his move from Greuther Furth, but paid a high price for his role in the Championship hammerings at Aston Villa and Millwall.
“We did not have a good start to the season and had two big defeats.
“The coach wanted to find a new impulse, and took myself and the other central defender out of the game,” he said. “After that, the team remained unbeaten for 10 games.
“The current position is that I will return to Norwich in the summer, after all, I have two years on my contract there.
“But of course it remains to be seen how the club will ultimately plan for the new season with me.
“In England things are physically different.
“There are squads in which everyone feels as tall as me and also has a similar physique.
“There are some real machines and also individuals who could immediately play in the Bundesliga. In the German second league a little more football is played, but I could not say which league is better.”
Franke returned home in January but finds himself pitched into a survival scrap.
The defender issued a public apology after conceding a penalty in last week’s 4-0 home defeat to Kiel, which left Dresden out of the relegation play-off berth only on goal difference.
Dynamo now face a crucial trip to bottom club Kaiserslautern on Sunday with Franke aiming to make amends at the club where he learned his trade without making a first team breakthrough.
“This season is really crazy. Usually, three, four or five teams fight against relegation,” he said, speaking to German football website Liga-Zwei.
“On the other hand, everything can happen.
“If a team has a run, you could even attack the places above you.
“It’s just important for us to earn points so that we do not end up with a shiver.
“We were the better team against Kiel, but in the end it means nothing. You can stand back and say, ‘nice play’ but at this stage only three points will do.”