May 16, 2021

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Midfielder stars will leave Norwich but Canary Islands history could go on for a


Norwich City have announced that midfielders Alex Tettey and Mario Vrancic will leave the club at the end of the season.

The duo will be out of contract this summer and have not been offered any new terms by the Linked to the Premier League outfit. Tettey, 35, is set to conclude his ninth and final season at Carrow Road after joining Rennes in August 2012. The former Norwegian international has made 261 appearances in all competitions and scored eight goals.

He played four seasons in the Premier League but I will not have the chance to add another despite the promotion of Norwich. Sporting director Stuart Webber admits it’s disappointing to see the veteran go.

But he made it clear that his days in East Anglia might not be completely over.

“It’s a sad day for everyone connected with Norwich City,” he told Norwich’s official site. “For Alex to have achieved what he has accomplished in his nine years at the club is phenomenal. He will of course be remembered as a legend of Norwich City.

“We will always have a role for Alex in this football club and, if he wishes, we will help and support him in the next stage of his career when he feels the time is right.”

Praise for ‘magical’ Vrancic

Vrancic is close to completing his fourth campaign for Daniel Farke’s team and has been a consistent performer. The Bosnian Herzegovinian schemer has enjoyed 122 league outings for Norwich, scoring 15 goals in the process.

His most prolific season came in 2018-19 when he found the net 10 times. And Webber has only positive memories of the former Mainz star.

“Mario will be rightly remembered for his many moments of magic,” he added. “He’s a top professional and I don’t think anyone will forget his goals against Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn and the defending champion at Aston Villa.”

Other players ready to go include Oliver skipp and Xavi Quintilla. The pair of loans will go to Tottenham and Villarreal respectively.

Saturday’s shock at Barnsley will be their swan song and Webber praised their contribution to the cause.

“From day one, Xavi has always been here with a smile on his face and delivered when asked,” he continued. “He leaves us as the champion and he will undoubtedly continue to have a great career in the game.

“Oliver has been great for us this season and words cannot explain how grateful we are all for his contribution.”

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