De Laet keen to take chance
On-loan Man Utd defender Ritchie De Laet insists his top priority is doing well for Norwich this season.
Last Updated: 15/07/11 5:29pm
On-loan Manchester United defender Ritchie De Laet insists his top priority is doing well for Norwich this season.
After winning a return to the Premier League for the first time in six years last term, the Canaries will kick off their warm-up campaign at local Ridgeons Football League side Gorleston Town on Saturday, before heading out to Germany for a short training camp and two low-key games.
De Laet, 22, is one of half-a-dozen new faces expected to feature at Emerald Park.
After stints in the Championship with Sheffield United, Preston and then Portsmouth, the young Belgian intends to make the most of his top-flight opportunities with Norwich rather than worry about what might happen when he eventually returns to Old Trafford.
"Last season was difficult having loan spells at three different clubs. I just want to play football," said De Laet.
"You learn a lot in training with the best players in the world at United, but you also want to get experience under your belt.
"First and foremost, I want to do well for Norwich and play as well as I can. Whatever happens at United, happens - if not, it is not to be, is it?"
De Laet added: "We are going to get quality players against you every week in the Premier League, and although you will make mistakes, you have to learn from that."
The former Royal Antwerp youngster jumped at the chance to sign up to Paul Lambert's summer recruitment drive as he bolsters a squad which secured successive promotions from League One to join England's elite.
"United rang me and said Norwich were interested, and I was not going to wait for a second chance to come up for the Premier League," he added.
"Norwich is a club with great traditions and winning back-to-back promotions is something special.
"They showed all season long last time they are good players - not every team comes out of the Championship playing football."
Lambert has no doubts over the potential of De Laet, who joined the Red Devils from Stoke in January 2009, making his United first-team debut against Hull City on the final day of the 2008/2009 season.
"Ritchie has been at Man United so I don't think it comes much bigger than that," said the Norwich boss.
"He has played for their first team so I am pretty sure if he can do that he must be doing something right."