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Towering Centre Back Zimmermann Signs Norwich Contract Extension

Christoph Zimmermann’s breakthrough season at Carrow Road has earned him a longer term contract, keeping him at Carrow Road until 2021.

City announced the news on Friday morning with the 24-year-old signing a new three-and-half-year deal with an option for a further year.

The towering centre back has made 24 appearances for the club since following head coach Daniel Farke from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

“I’m happy and I’m grateful for this,” he said. “I’ve mentioned it before, but in the summer I was just happy to have the chance to come here and play for Norwich City. It’s the best thing that could have happened for me.

“I’m looking forward to having some more years here.”

Farke, speaking to the club’s official site, hailed Zimmermann’s importance within his squad.

“He came in as a young centre-back but has played many minutes. He’s been really important and has helped us become a good team defensively,” he said.

“As a player, he gives everything on the pitch and has a great character. He’s an intelligent guy and has adapted quickly to Championship football very quickly.”

Zimmermann, speaking to the club’s site, admitted he was surprised how quickly he has adapted to English football after initially signing a two year deal on a free transfer.

“I’ve been here for about half a year now and, from the first day, it’s been great,” he said. “I was thinking I maybe had to prove myself in the first year, to perform at this level. The two-year contract was my chance, first of all, to prove myself.

“To be rewarded with this new contract, I assume I haven’t done too badly. I’ve mentioned it before, but in the summer I was just happy to have the chance to come here and play for Norwich.

“I want to contribute with whatever time I have on the pitch.

“If it’s just two minutes, like the last game, I have to win my headers and win my duels. I have to do all I can to help the team.

“It was good to get that winning feeling back and it’s something we can build upon. It’s important we now have another unbeaten run.”

Transfer Rumour: Ben Godfrey Attracting Premiership Interest

Southampton, Swansea City and West Brom are all reported to be tracking Norwich City youngster Ben Godfrey.

Sky Sports News reported on Thursday morning the Premier League trio are among a number of clubs to have watched the 19-year-old during an impressive loan stint at League One promotion hopefuls Shrewsbury.

Godfrey has made 16 starts in League One and excelled in a defensive midfield holding role for the Shrews.

Sky Sports News also claim England Under-20s World Cup winning boss and former Shrewsbury chief Paul Simpson is weighing up whether to give Godfrey an international call up in the New Year.

The teenager is poised to return to his parent club in January with the Canaries yet to make a final decision whether he re-joins Daniel Farke’s Championship squad over the second part of the season.

Godfrey signed a new four-year contract with Norwich in August, extending his Carrow Road stay to 2021. The York-born midfielder, who can also operate at right-back, was signed by former City boss Alex Neil in January 2016 after making his first team breakthrough with the Minstermen.

Godfrey has made six senior appearances for the Canaries and scored on his debut in the League Cup against Coventry City last season.

Farke, speaking in August after sanctioning Godfrey’s short term move to the Shrews, admitted it was a tough call.

“If I was selfish I would say, no, we wouldn’t let Ben go,” said the City head coach. “To be honest, on a personal level I am sad because he is a great guy who has improved a lot in pre-season. He was not so far away from the XI but there is a lot of competition in his area.

“Normally, his best position is holding midfielder, even though he has played at right back or centre back.

“It is a smart move for him and the club to give him some minutes in his best position. Here we have Harrison Reed, Alex Tettey, Tom Trybull. He can now build his self-confidence and his rhythm.

“It is important for young players to have some minutes.”

Lincoln City Hoping To Extend Ragett's Loan

The Lincoln City future of Sean Raggett was a constant source of intrigue and speculation from the end of last season to when he signed for Norwich City in August.

Four months on, little has changed. Having stayed with the Imps on loan, Raggett is due to join up with his parent club in January.

The plan was for the central defender to play for Daniel Farke’s Canaries in the third round of the FA Cup.

Then Norwich drew Premier League champions Chelsea.

It would be the tallest of tall orders for Raggett – still just halfway through his first season in the Football League – to be asked to contain Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard. Talk about being thrown in at the deep end!

The January plan for Raggett is surely now being reviewed with the Imps and Norwich having regular dialogue.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” said Danny Cowley last week. “Drawing Chelsea is a unique tie for Norwich so it will depend on how they want to go about it.

“It would certainly be a tough one for Sean to step into for his first game in a Norwich shirt.

“We’ll keep the lines of communication open with Norwich and see how that one unfolds.”

Former Norwich Star Jacob Murphy Wins Player Of The Month For Newcastle

Jacob Murphy is the FUN88 November player of the month for Newcastle United

The England under-21 international winger was given his chance due to Christian Atsu's injury - and grabbed it with both hands, with some eye-catching displays despite Newcastle's poor form.

United only picked up one point in November but Murphy's performances saw him pick up 61.6 per cent of the vote.

Ciaran Clark, who scored in the 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion, and the ever-reliable Isaac Hayden were also nominated.

Murphy, who joined the Magpies from Norwich in the summer, will be presented with his award ahead of Saturday's home game against Leicester City.

Lotto Winner's Twitter Offer To Pay Former Norwich Player Steven Whittaker To Retire!

Controversial EuroMillions winner Jane Park was so unimpressed by a footballer's performance this weekend that she offered to put up the cash for him to reture!

The 22-year-old, Britain's youngest EuroMillions winner, is a big Hibernian fan.

And on Sunday, the Scot - who at 17 won a cool £1million after buying her first ever EuroMillions ticket - appeared to lose patience with Steven Whittaker during her team’s draw with Celtic.

She tweeted Hibs’ official account, saying: “How much for Whittaker to retire. Can I pay?”

Her post attracted a mixed response, with some Hibees in agreement and others defending their player.

Whittaker, 33, is enjoying a second spell at Easter Road, having coming through the youth ranks before spending five years in the first team. He also has 31 caps for Scotland.

He moved to Rangers for £2m before moving to England with Norwich City before making a heralded return at the start of this season.

But some fans, including Park, don’t seem to be too enamoured with his form so far.

Social media users were split in their reaction to Park’s offer.

A user named Lesley agreed, saying: “He’s absolutely p***.”

Another account said: “Never wanted him back, needs to go, slow as a week in the jail.”

Craig Wilson joined in and aimed criticism at Manchester City loanee Brandon Barker as well. He said: “Can you pay to take that waste of space Barker with him too.”

Norwich fan had some empathy.

Kieran Macklin said: “We was saying that in Norwich for years.”

However others were more supportive of the full back.

David Mudie replied: “Bit OTT. Not his best game today but up against the best winger in Scotland.”

Joe Donohoe echoed that view, saying: “Up against a class player today glad he doesn't meet many more in this league.”

Steven Naismith Makes Long Awaited Injury Return For U23s

Scottish international Steven Naismith made his long-awaited comeback from injury with a 60-minute run out in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League Two development win for Norwich City’s U23s against Middlesbrough’s U23s.

Naismith, Russell Martin and Marcel Franke featured as over-age outfield players for Matty Gill’s squad, which also included fit-again full-back Jamal Lewis, in a useful workout against the table-topping Teessiders at Colney.

Pierre Fonkeu’s 18th minute strike earned Gill’s squad the points to cap a fine weekend for the club following a 3-1 Championship win over Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road.

“We’re really pleased with the three points but ultimately really pleased with the performance and the individuals within that,” said Gill, speaking to the club’s official site.

“We’d come off the back of a poor run as far as results are concerned so to go back-to-back 1-0 wins is great.

“I think it was built on a solid foundation, being really organised out of possession, and that allowed us to show what we’re good at in possession and in our attacking play. Pierre was excellent.

“We had lots of help from the senior boys and I also think Jamal getting 90 minutes under his belt is excellent.

“His fitness levels are outstanding, to think he’s been out for that long, he was still charging into their box in the last five minutes.”

Naismith was back in City colours for the first time since a League Cup win against Charlton in August after being sidelined with an ankle ligament injury.

Former Norwich Striker Kei Kamara Joins Vancouver Whitecaps

In signing Kamara who is tenth on the all time MLS scorers table, Vancouver now have a powerful centre forward who should fit into head coach Carl Robinson's setup that relies heavily on crosses and set pieces.

With 98 goals in 286 MLS appearances over 11 seasons, the Whitecaps will be the six-foot-three, 190-pound Kamara's seventh stop in North America after also playing for Norwich City and Middlesbrough in England.

"It's all about feeding the striker," said Kamara, who has added five goals in 12 playoff games. "I want that pressure on me."

The Whitecaps will be looking to build on a 2018 season that saw them reach the Western Conference semifinal before bowing out to the Seattle Sounders in a two-game aggregate series where Vancouver registered just one tepid shot on target.

Kamara had a career-high 22 goals for Columbus in 2015 to help the Crew reach the MLS Cup final, and has scored a dozen times each of the last two seasons.

On Loan Norwich Keeper Remi Matthews Making HIs Mark At Home Park

With three clean sheets and one vital penalty save in his first four games for Plymouth Argyle, Remi Matthews is certainly making an impact at Home Park, even if his future is uncertain.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper’s emergency loan from Norwich City will end the moment that one of the Pilgrims’ three injured custodians – probably Luke McCormick – recovers from injury.

“Luke is doing all he can to get fit – of course he is,” said Remi, who helped the Pilgrims to a 1-0 Sky Bet League One win at Bradford by saving Tony McMahon’s late penalty after Jake Jervis had put the Pilgrims ahead in the 35th-minute.

“Once that happens, it’s time for me to go down the road and that’s just the way it is.

“When I first came in, I thought it was going to be one or two games; thankfully, for me, it’s been longer.

“From Day One, I have enjoyed it since I have been here. The lads have been a different class. They have made me feel welcome; the fans have made me feel welcome. It’s a nice place to be and the atmosphere is excellent.”

Since Remi’s arrival at Home Park, Argyle have picked up seven points from nine in the league and progressed to the second round of the FA Cup. The only time he has been beaten, in a 1-1 home draw with Rochdale, the goals was tinged by good fortune for the visitors.

Against Bradford, he made two outstanding saves to tip over shots from Paul Taylor before thwarting McMahon from 12 yards, but he was insistent on spreading the plaudits around.

“It’s not about me – it’s about the team,” he said. “Of course, I made the penalty save, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ve been brought in to make saves and hopefully help the team to win games.

“At the minute, that is what we have been doing, and all I can ask is for the team to keep doing what they are doing.

“The team has been excellent even before I got here. The problem has been that we haven’t been picking up results and luckily, at the minute, we are; you can see, from the last four or five games, we have been good.

“We can only keep pushing on. We have just got to keep getting as many points as we can and hopefully get out of relegation as quick as we can.

“It was a massive win for the lads.

“Once we got the goal, they were probably going to be on top for the majority of the game but we defended unbelievably and, when you have got that in front of you, you can’t ask for any more.  I thought Sonny [Bradley] was a different class and, even from the top, I thought we were excellent.”

The defining moment of the defensive display came ten minutes before the end, when referee Carl Boyeson awarded a penalty for a foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair on Romain Vincelot.

Remi said: “My honest opinion was that it looked soft, but the ref’s made his decision and you have just got to forget about it and start thinking about making the save which, luckily, I did.

“I had a guess. I saw [McMahon] have a little look the other way so I thought I’m maybe going to have a little step that way and go back the way he went. Sometimes it makes no difference – you just have to go with your instincts.”