‘I’m not going to force anything’ - Krul hints he will remain with City in the Championship

PUBLISHED: 14:16 25 July 2020 | UPDATED: 14:16 25 July 2020

Tim Krul was crowned Norwich City's player-of-the-year in the voting from Canaries' fans Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Tim Krul was crowned Norwich City's player-of-the-year in the voting from Canaries' fans Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Tim Krul has offered the first hint that he will remain with Norwich City in the Championship next season, after winning the club’s Player of the Season award.

The 32-year-old could well receive tempting offers this summer, as the Canaries head straight back to the Championship. Krul has continued to rebuild his career though, earning a recall to the Holland squad earlier this year.

The keeper suffered a serious knee injury while on international duty in October 2015, which eventually brought an end to his lengthy association with Newcastle United.

After loan stints at Ajax and AZ Alkmaar he had a season as number two at Brighton, before joining Norwich on a free transfer in 2018 and being an ever-present during his first campaign with the club as Daniel Farke’s team won the Championship title.

He has only missed two games of the Premier League season and although City lost their way to be relegated with three games still to play, Krul’s consistency saw him voted as Player of the Season by supporters - becoming just the fifth goalkeeper to lift the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy.

Ahead of tomorrow’s final game of the season at Manchester City, Krul has spoken to reputed Dutch magazine Voetbal International.

“I signed up with Norwich City until 2022 last year and I have not forgotten how much I owe to this club,” the Dutchman explained. “They gave me the opportunity after a difficult few years.

“It may be that the club prefer me to go, for financial reasons or whatever, then it will be a different story - but I’m not going to force anything myself.”

Krul has made 83 appearances for the Canaries so far and, after a shaky start as he recovered full match sharpness, has built a real rapport with the club’s supporters.

As part of the lengthy interview, he added: “Norwich City is simply a beautiful and strong club.”

Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber and head coach Farke have already spoken about refreshing the squad following relegation but it remains to be seen how many players will be sold, with City under minimal financial pressure to sell.

Young talents such as Emi Buendia, Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell are expected to attract interest but more established international players such as Krul and Teemu Pukki could well have suitors as well following relegation, with Euro 2021 places to play for.

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