‘We have to be confident’ – Klose determined to enjoy Premier League return with City
PUBLISHED: 16:08 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:08 21 May 2019
Timm Klose is determined to help retain the positivity of Norwich City’s title-winning success, after signing up for another Premier League adventure.
The Switzerland international defender has brought an end to doubts about his future by committing to the Canaries until 2022, teeing up a return to the top flight for the 31-year-old.
Klose was signed from Wolfsburg for around £7.5million by Alex Neil in January 2016 and impressed before a knee ligament injury ruled him out of the final five games, contributing significantly to relegation.
"We have nothing to lose," the centre-back said of the Premier League challenge. "We can go up there and prove we can compete with the best.
"We can go there with a good mix of players and show that we can play against them and win the games. We don't need to go on the pitch and be nervous. You don't win games like that. We have to go out and enjoy every minute.
"There will be difficult periods, especially next season but you have go through them and it builds character and a personality. We have to be confident and have the pride in ourselves to perform and win games for this club."
Daniel Farke's title-winning squad will mostly be kept together, due to the club's self-funding financial model, with Klose relieved he stuck with City but admitting it hasn't always been easy during his 118 matches.
Klose's fine form during the first half of the season earned him a Switzerland recall, only for injury and Ben Godfrey's form to keep him on the bench during 2019.
"We went down and I had some offers to leave the club but I turned them down and tried to get the team back up," Klose continued, speaking to City's official website.
"I struggled a lot in the first Championship year. It was hard but I've fought my way back and I'm so happy to have gone through all the ups and downs.
"I've spoken to Russ (Martin) and Wes (Hoolahan) and the boys who have been here a long time and I've learned from them two about how difficult it can be but also how positive it can be if you bring back that positivity and bring back that love for football.
"I always talk about everyone sticking together in the same boat. This season was just fantastic how everyone stuck together, it's lovely to see what we've achieved."