At the start of 2020, Alexander Tettey entered his final six months of contract at Norwich City.
In February of that year, the midfielder defied his wife’s wish and signed a new deal with the Canaries.
His current deal runs until June 30th and Daniel Farke’s side have confirmed the 35-year-old will leave the club as a free agent in the summer. During an interview with TV2, the player admitted the decision didn’t come as a surprise.
“The message I received was that the club will not offer me a contract extension. Next season, the club will play in the Premier League again, and then they want to strengthen the squad and the team. The message did not come as a surprise to me,” he said.
The 35-year-old was restricted to 18 league appearances [only four starts] this season as Norwich achieved promotion to the Premier League.
Tettey will leave Carrow Road as a free agent in the next market and the former Norway international suggested he may not have agreed to a new deal anyway.
“I haven’t played as much this season as I’ve done in recent years, and am starting to become very grown up in a football context. Therefore, I have no difficulty understanding why the club thinks like it does,” Tettey explained.
“When I extended my agreement last winter, both parties were determined that it was the last contract we will sign. So even though [if] I had been offered a new contract, I’m not sure what I would have answered.”
Tettey is constructing a new house for his family in Trondheim and the current Norwich player has stressed his long-term plan would be to settle in the Norwegian city.
“I will definitely get a lot of questions about the way forward in the near future. My family and I are building a house in Trondheim now, and it will be finished in a short time. The plan has been, and still is, to settle there. But I’m not sure what I’ll be doing then,” Tettey added.
On the possibility of returning to his former club Rosenborg, he said: “I feel like it’s football I can do, it’s been my job for almost 20 years now and I don’t disregard the fact that there will be something in football that I’m going to continue with.
“Nine seasons in English football erode body and mind. I will therefore spend time with the family to find out what I want to spend my time on in the future,” Tettey concluded.