Alex Tettey reveals the biggest thing he misses about football

Alex Tettey is Norwich City's longest-serving player who signed a new deal at Carrow Road prior to f

Alex Tettey is Norwich City's longest-serving player who signed a new deal at Carrow Road prior to football's shutdown Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey admits that matchday buzz is what he misses most from football’s current lockdown due to the global pandemic.

The experienced midfielder is being kept busy with his young family but like the rest of Daniel Farke’s squad hopes professional football can return when it is safe to do so.

The 34-year-old looked fit and fresh this campaign to earn himself a new City deal - after battling with injuries in the past at Carrow Road - and Tettey delivered a typically self-deprecating answer when prompted for the first thing he is looking forward to doing.

“Try not to get injured. At this age it is about staying fit,” he said. “If I am selected for a game then it will be that adrenaline you have when you are standing in the tunnel waiting to go onto the pitch and you just maybe say hello to the opponent and then you crack on with the game.

“That matchday feeling I a missing a lot.

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“It’s all about the children at the moment. Taking them outside, eating, playing outside in the garden. Playing football, badminton, you know whatever game there is we have tried it.”

Tettey, speaking to Talksport, also reflected on his own personal journey that took him from Ghana to Norway in his youth before eventually a career as a professional which has now seen him spend the past eight years in Norfolk.

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“I feel like I am still having a great time,” he said. “To have played Premier League football, winning the Championship, playing in front of 80,000 or 90,000 people at Wembley in the play-off final were big moments, and I remember still my full debut when I scored for Norwich. I value those three so much.

“Football helped me a lot. In Ghana I didn’t play in any team or any academy, I just played with my friends. I learnt everything I could from watching Ghana’s Under-17s win the world cup.

“But when I played with my new class mates (in Norway) they felt I was good and invited me to one of their training sessions.

“From there I was part of a football academy when I was 13 or 14. A huge thing for me.

“I looked up a lot to Paul Scholes at that time. A very, very good footballer but off the pitch you never heard anything.

“He kept a low profile. I am a similar person who tries to do things properly outside of football.”

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