On loan Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has taken to Twitter to hit back at claims that he criticised the club in the French press, insisting that his comments were lost in translation.
The 25-year-old Dutch striker and City’s record signing joined St Etienne in the summer on a season-long loan, following a torrid debut campaign in the Premier League in which he scored just once in 25 appearances, with the Canaries unable to avoid the drop.
He has since scored two goals in 15 total games for the Ligue 1 side, and was quoted in newspaper Le Progres as saying that he hoped to make his stint permanent, having been unable to showcase his talents at Norwich due to their poor style of play.
"I did not like my last year in England but I do not think it has slowed my career," he was reported to have said.
"I was hurt by it. I could not show all my qualities or play every week, plus the team did not practice good football.
"I talked to Robin van Persie about Norwich, that is true. He said it was always difficult to face Norwich at home and they did have a good crowd and a good ground. Nothing else."
The £8.5 million man has now moved to distance himself from those remarks, however, insisting that he was misquoted on his Twitter account.
Another reason why I shouldn't give any interviews. Things you say will be understood wrong, written wrong and upsets people for no reason— RickyvanWolfswinkel (@RvWolfswinkel9) November 18, 2014
Guess that translator isn't doing a great job for the French to English translation— RickyvanWolfswinkel (@RvWolfswinkel9) November 18, 2014
If another club has a different style of playing then it doesn't mean the other club is worse then the other. U hear what u wanna hear...— RickyvanWolfswinkel (@RvWolfswinkel9) November 18, 2014
With St Etienne having the option to sign Van Wolfswinkel for £6 million at the end of the season, the former Sporting Lisbon star could well be staying in France if he improves his scoring rate but, whatever the case, his Norwich career looks bleak at this point, despite attempts at damage limitation.