Sheffield Wednesday: Influential Fernando Forestieri insists he loves Owls despite Norwich City no-show

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Fernando Forestieri
Star striker Fernando Forestieri has today put the record straight on why he refused to face Norwich City.

The talismanic forward was a notable absentee in Wednesday’s goalless draw at Carrow Road last month. Forestieri, who was the subject of a failed £7m bid from Derby County, decided against making the trip to Norfolk, claiming that his “mind was not in the right place”.

The 26-year-old later issused a full public apology where he said sorry for his “unprofessional and unacceptable” behaviour.

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Forestieri, who was fined by the Championship club, has stressed he never wanted to leave Hillsborough over the summer, insisting it was a “misunderstanding”.

He told The Star: “The important thing is that the chairman knows my situation. I never went to other teams.

“The situation I was talking about was in pre-season and there was a misunderstanding with the chairman. But I don’t want nothing any more, just to play because when I play, I forget everything.

“I have said before that I love the club and everything and if the chairman gives me a 10-year contract, I can give my career as I love the fans and everyone. I never said (I wanted to leave) and Carlos [Carvalhal] knows and I speak face to face with him and he understands me and that is the most important thing and I have an amazing relationship with him.”

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Forestieri informed Carvalhal of his decision not to travel just minutes before the team’s scheduled departure.

“I am a big man and went to him and said to him what happened,” said Forestieri. “I could have said as a player I can’t travel because I have pain in my knee or back, but I went to him.

“He understood, but he was angry. But now it is behind me and the team helped me a lot and now I need to think about the team, club and the fans and the best thing is that I play for Carlos.”

When quizzed on whether he would be open to signing an improved deal, Forestieri replied: “If the chairman wants to give me a contract, of course.

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“But I am not thinking about more money and another contract. I just want to make clear to the fans that I want to stay here and I never said to the chairman that I wanted to go before the pre-season.

“When I started the pre season, I said I wanted to stay here. Now I play and if I have a good or a bad day, I try and help my team-mates.”

Forestieri is expected to be restored to the starting line-up when the Owls go to fifth-placed Birmingham City this Saturday.

Wednesday will be looking to kick on after back-to-back home wins.

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Kieran Lee, the Owls’ matchwinner in Tuesday’s dramatic victory over Bristol City, said: “It was an unbelievable moment. One of the best of my career.

“The emotions when the ball went in the net were surreal. The reaction of the fans was unbelievable.”