Klose shed tears at City exit
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Timm Klose revealed he shed tears when he left Norwich City but insists his injury problems are now behind him after joining boyhood club FC Basel.
Klose sealed a season long loan on Wednesday with an option to buy from the Swiss club where he started his career.
The 32-year-old’s stint in Norfolk was blighted by a series of injuries that kept him on the sidelines for long spells, but Klose is ready to prove the doubters wrong.
“I have found a second home in Norwich, and when I said goodbye I shed a few tears. But your brain keeps thinking home,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to playing for FCB. This is the club that I’ve been associated with as a Basel native and that I’ve always followed over the years.
“Now to go back to where my family and friends are and where I grew up is a great story for me. Besides my wife, my parents were the first to find out about it.
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“My father was more rational, my mother was very emotional. It was just wonderful to be able to tell them after almost twelve years in a foreign country that I am coming home. And that I can now bring their daughter home to my in-laws is great too. I’m just happy.”
The Swiss international admitted he came back too soon from a long term knee injury during City’s doomed ‘Project Restart’ period that ended with a club record run of defeats in the Premier League relegation season.
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“I was injured and my record with Norwich since returning is not good with nine appearances and nine defeats. But I also returned earlier than planned in June because central defenders were suddenly out,” he said, quoted in the Basel Zeitung. “We were fighting relegation and I wanted to help my team stay up.
“Even if I sometimes played with pain. It is important that I am now symptom-free and fit. And what is important is what the balance sheet will look like from now on.
“Yes, I’m 32. And I’m not getting any younger. But just as it was said everywhere that I was too slow, not agile enough - and I always come through. And in my head I’m extremely young. Sometimes I have the feeling that I never got past 20.
“Whether on loan or permanent: the main thing is that I’m here now, in Basel, at FCB. Now it’s up to me to perform so that the club can decide on a definitive takeover.”