Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia has admitted that he is keen on a return to the Premier League this summer, amid previous links with a move to Leeds United.
Buendia enjoyed an impressive individual debut campaign in the top-flight of English football last season, although he was unable to prevent Norwich from suffering an immediate relegation back to the Championship.
That is something that has led to links with several current Premier League clubs, and while the 23-year-old admits a move would tempt him, he insists he will give his all for Norwich while he remains with the Canaries.
Buendia was one of the brighter sparks of a difficult campaign for Norwich last season, scoring once and providing seven assists in 36 league appearances for Daniel Farke’s side.
Following the club’s relegation from the Premier League, Leeds, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace were all linked with a move for the Argentine, something with appears to have caught the eye of Buendia himself.
Speaking about that interest in him from the Premier League, Buendia was quoted by The Evening Express as telling PA Sport: “From the first day I have been happy with the relationship with them. They understand my situation and they know my dream is to be in a Premier League team.
“I’m still here, I will fight for the team but if a very good offer for me arrives they are open. We’ll decide what’s best for everyone.
“Me and my family have loved the city since we arrived but I want to play in the best league in the world and would like to stay in a Premier League team.”
Giving his take on that reported interest in him, it seems Buendia is not distracted by those rumours, even if he does like the sound of them, with the attacker adding: “Until the day I leave the club I will fight for them. I’m thinking about playing well and helping the team. My head is here.
“I see clubs are interested in me. I love to hear that because it means Premier League teams want to get me in their team. I’m happy with that.”
Buendia did not feature in Norwich’s matchday squad for their opening day win at Huddersfield on Saturday and it is thought the club will be willing to sell the attacker if there valuation – which has previously been reported at £20million – is met.
As things stand, there are still four years remaining on Buendia’s current contract with Norwich, putting the club in a strong position to negotiate any offers that do come in for him.
You do feel as though this is something that ought to turn a few heads over at Elland Road.
They do still need to bring in an attacking playmaker to their ranks this summer, and it does appear as though Buendia would be open to taking up that role.
Indeed, with the situation around Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul still somewhat up in the air, you wonder whether Buendia might present himself as an alternative.
While he might not be as established or prolific as De Paul, is does look as though the Norwich man would be a cheaper option for Leeds, and he is at least well aware of what the Premier League is all about after last season.
Consequentially, this is one worth keeping an eye on for the Whites at the very least although they may not want to leave it too late to decide on whether or not to make a move, since you feel these comments will not go unnoticed at Villa or Palace either.