Norwich City’s Emi Buendía came up through the ranks of Getafe’s youth system and went on to spend four seasons with their first team between 2014 and 2018.
The 23-year-old left the La Liga side for the Canaries in 2018 and has been a regular figure in the English club’s starting lineup.
AS had an opportunity to interview the Argentina international and during the course of the discussion, he expressed his admiration towards his former club.
“Getafe always considered it and I will consider it my home. After all, it is where I trained as a player at the academy, it is the club that gave me the opportunity to debut with the first team when I was very young, gave me a debut in the Copa del Rey and then in La Liga,” he said.
“It was another stage in my life compared to the one I’m living now, but I’m very grateful for everything the club gave me. My first steps as a professional were there and I really enjoy seeing the success they’re having today.”
When asked if he would like return to Spain again, the attacking midfielder said: “It’s not something I think about a lot. I try to live in the present.”
“I am very happy here at Norwich, who welcomed me from the very beginning in a spectacular way and both my family and I feel very comfortable here. I try to enjoy day to day and what happens will come.”
“That really caught my attention [talking about Norwich fans]. They are very respectful of the players when you go for a walk, or when you go out to eat with the family.
“If they recognise you, they greet you, but leave you your space and the truth is that’s appreciated. Being with the family and enjoying the time with them … it’s nice. I am very grateful.”
Daniel Farke’s have struggled in the Premier League as they failed to accumulate more points (21) and score more goals (25) than the number of matches played (29) this season.
Out of the 25 goals, Buendía has a direct hand in seven of them as he registered that many number of assists. Norwich are sitting at the bottom of the table and are in danger of being relegated to the Championship.
With the league already restarted in England, the South American stressed his side are prepared for the remaining fixtures of this campaign.
“We have prepared very well during the break. We are aware of the opportunity presented to us and we are very excited to fight for most points we can and to achieve our goal [to avoid relegation],” Buendía stressed.
“Before the break, the day we qualified against Tottenham [in the FA Cup], we were clear. We go to every game with the same attitude that is to win.
“We count on playing the nine Premier matches and the three FA Cup matches. Hope so. It would mean that we will have to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup to make it to the semi-final and then we would be in the final. That’s the way we put it, and that’s how we’re going handle the heat.”