Buendia opens up on City future and Premier League aims
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There’s a mantra at Norwich City that advises players to ‘ignore the noise’ – and Emi Buendia is trying to silence conversations about his future.
The influential midfielder has been linked with numerous clubs and seen his statistics paraded all around social media for the last year.
For the 23-year-old, the focus remains on the job at hand with the Canaries.
It’s been a turbulent start to life back in the Championship for the young Argentine, but the waters feel significantly calmer now the transfer window has closed.
Buendia got a brief taste of life in the top flight with the Canaries last season, and harbours long-term ambitions of getting back to the league he describes as the best in the world.
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“I always say that I want to play at the best level,” he said. “I think the best league is the Premier League. I am one step back from the Premier League so obviously I want to play there as soon as possible.”
He was linked heavily with Leeds United but City never received any bids for their creator-in-chief. Now, Buendia is knuckling down and een to impress again with the club he won the Championship with two years ago.
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Some City supporters were resigned to his departure, but Buendia still feels some debt towards the club who provided him with a platform to fulfil his dream of playing Premier League football. Despite being ambitious, Buendia believes his best route back into the top flight is with the Canaries.
“But it doesn’t matter if January is the option or next summer, I want to be really focused with my team,” he said.
“I have a big chance to get back with the team who gave me a lot of things in the last three years. It would be really good for me to get Norwich back to the Premier League.
“This club deserves to be there again because they are doing things in the right way.
“I don’t try to think about the future or other teams. People always say about rumours or links. No. I try to be focused each week to play games and do my best for my teammates, the coaching staff, the team, the fans, for everyone.
“We will see what happens in the future but I tend to live in the present.”