No City recall for Duda after Klinsmann’s Hertha Berlin coaching exit
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Jurgen Klinsmann’s surprise decision to step down from his role as interim head coach at Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin has no knock on effect to Ondrej Duda’s Norwich City loan move.
Duda quit Berlin after failing out of favour under Klinsmann this season to seal a loan switch to the Canaries until the end of the campaign - and the Slovakian international will remain at Carrow Road despite events in Germany.
There is NO recall option for the 25-year-old, who made a winning Premier League debut in the 1-0 victory over Bournemouth and has also featured at Tottenham and Newcastle as well as a late FA Cup cameo in the away triumph at Burnley.
Duda had been a stand out performer for Hertha in the Bundesliga last season but found opportunities limited following Klinsmann's arrival to replace Ante Covic in November.
The 55-year-old former Tottenham striker leaves Hertha in 14th place after just 10 weeks in charge ahead of Saturday's league trip to Dennis Srbeny's SC Paderborn. The former USA coach now plans to return to his role upstairs with the Berliners.
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"After long consideration, I've come to the decision to give up my position as head coach and return to my original long-term role on the supervisory board," Klinsmann wrote on his facebook page in an open letter to Hertha fans. "In November, we agreed to the club's wish to help out in a difficult time with a highly competent team.
"We were progressing really well in a relatively short period of time and have managed to put six points between us and the play-off spot, despite difficult games, thanks to the support of many people. I'm convinced Hertha will achieve its goal of remaining in the Bundesliga."
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Daniel Farke hailed Duda's loan signing as an inspired piece of business.
"I would have loved to sign this player last summer but to sign this player, after he delivered such a season with 11 goals and seven assists, we would have needed to spend £25m and we were not able to do this," said the City head coach. "Of course it is a bit more tricky to get him in January when he is not so much in his rhythm and no one can predict if this works out on a world class level.
"If you want a guarantee then you have to go and get someone like James Maddison, who plays every game, who knows the league, but you probably have to pay £80m.
"We have to be creative, we have to take more risk and with our financial opportunities it's a perfect fit.
"We can't spend millions.
"He has the potential and if it works out, great, but if not we don't risk the future of the club with a stupid deal. It is a good deal from the business side."