Emi Buendia has told Sky Sports that he is happy at Norwich City and hinted that he may stay to help the Canaries in the Championship next season, in comments that may prove to be a blow for the likes of Leeds United and Atletico Madrid.
Read Norwich reported a few weeks ago that the Whites had made an enquiry for Buendia. It was noted that it was unclear at that stage how Norwich had responded to the enquiry.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports claimed that Atleti are also interested in the 23-year-old. Buendia seemed reluctant to talk about next season, but he certainly seemed to leave the door open for a longer stay at Carrow Road.
“Everyone helped me here since the beginning,” he told Sky Sports. “I have a contract here and I hope the club, the team and the fans get back to the Premier League as seen as possible.
“We have to be focused to finish the season well, not thinking about next season or each player in himself. Now we have to finish, we have a game tomorrow and one more at Carrow Road.”
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Of course, Leeds still have work to do. As things stand, it is looking increasingly likely that they will take Norwich’s place in the top flight next season. But their fate, unlike that of Daniel Farke’s men, is yet to be decided.
Should they get across the line, Buendia would arguably be a very exciting target.
He has contributed seven assists in the top flight this season. That is more than double what any of his teammates have managed.
Buendia’s comments certainly hint that he is not planning to push for a move away. But it will be interesting to see what his plans are once the season concludes and the offers potentially come in.