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SoccerNews in General Soccer News 31 May 2013

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Ricky van Wolfswinkel says he has been assured by manager Chris Hughton that he will be Norwich City’s first-choice striker next season.

The 24-year-old forward, who scored 20 goals in 41 games for Sporting Lisbon last term, agreed to join the Premier League outfit in January for a club record fee of 8.5 million pounds.

The arrival of the Netherlands international will see him join Grant Holt and Luciano Becchio as strikers available to Hughton, who showed a preference to play one striker throughout last season.

And Van Wolfswinkel – who is insistent that his move to Norwich is not a step back – revealed that Hughton has told him he will be the club’s number one forward next term.

“Some people may see my transfer as a step back. But the Premier League is bigger than the Portuguese league,” Van Wolfswinkel said.

“Life is good in Portugal, but the football has to be on a certain level too. Sporting ended this season as seventh in the league.

“The club has not won prizes for many years. Sporting remains a big club, but especially because of its history.

“Norwich is a small club compared to Sporting, but also a friendly club with a beautiful stadium and good fans. That suits me.

“The manager said I will be his number one striker. I know I have to battle for it, but it’s always good to get the confidence.”

Van Wolfswinkel finished his Sporting Lisbon career with 42 goals in 86 matches in all competitions.

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