Franke aims to prove City wrong during Dresden loan
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Marcel Franke is determined to show Norwich City what they are missing during his loan stint at Dynamo Dresden.
Franke admitted he endured an unhappy few months at Carrow Road, after falling out of favour following the 4-0 Championship defeat at Millwall, but aims to finish the current season on a high at his hometown club.
The 24-year-old, who officially joined the Bundesliga Two side on January 1, is in line to make his debut tomorrow at home to St Pauli after the mid-winter break in Germany.
“I’m overjoyed that I’m back, I hope we can play a successful season and I can do my part, and that it will be a better half year for me,” he said. “In the last few months I sat in the stands more often – that’s the worst feeling, as a footballer you want to play.
“I was a bit surprised when Ralf Minge (Dresden sporting director) first came to me in October. The talks were great – and with this club you do not have to think three times. My whole family lives here, I’ve been here so many times.”
City head coach Daniel Farke insists Franke remains part of his longer term plans.
“He was in the side and after five games we had this difficult decision to change a few things,” said Farke. “We brought Christoph Zimmermann in, Grant Hanley joined us and Marcel was struggling with the physicality and the pace of the Championship. With Timm Klose and Grant and Christoph we have conceded one goal per game average, that is one of the best statistics in the league. We also had a club record of clean sheets and defended well in those tough away games.
“One thing was to keep him here and let him improve through training and the other was to play for a big club in the German second tier. Dresden play in front of 40,000, they have high expectations as well.
“He can play there for the next six months, play a lot of games and hopefully come back into his rhythm and then comes back here with a good self-confidence and is prepared next summer. Then he would have had half a year to adapt to English football and half a year to play some games. We had to keep in mind we have three centre backs in a good shape and we also have to see how Sean Raggett develops.
“I think it is the right decision to send him on loan.”