New Norwich City signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel has insisted that his move from Sporting Lisbon is not a 'step back' in his career.

The Dutchman agreed to join Chris Houghton's side earlier this year despite the Canaries flirting with relegation at the time.

But the striker, who has one-cap for Netherlands, has defended his move and is excited at the prospect of playing in the Premier League.

"Some people may see my transfer as a step back. But the Premier League is bigger than the Portuguese league," he told reporters.

"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."

The deal that will see the 24-year-old arrive at Carrow Road is reported to cost the club £8.5million and will break club's record transfer signing. He will officially join the club in July on a four-year deal.

He has scored 28 goals in 55 league appearances for Sporting Lisbon after joining them in 2011, from Dutch side Utrecht.

Van Wolfswinkel has revealed that the reason for leaving Sporting Lisbon was due to the financial struggle that the club faces.

He added: "Sporting needed money. They have to take a step back and they are choosing for youth players.

"For months I did not received any salary. People say that players earn enough money, but it's still our salary. It was a strange and weird situation. 

"You also talk about people from for example the medical staff. They have to pay their mortgage.

"Players can manage a bit longer without salary. I had five coaches in two years. That says something."

Van Wolfswinkel will feature in the Netherlands upcoming Far East tour with friendlies against Indonesia and China before joining the Canaries.

 

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