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Man Utd's De Laet to go on loan with Norwich

Manchester United defender Ritchie De Laet is set to go on loan to promoted Norwich City for the season.

The 22-year old Belgian, who spent the second part of last term with Portsmouth, is close to completing the move to the Canaries where he will be a very welcome addition according to manager Paul Lambert.

"He will be great for us. He is young and one of his main strengths is pace and he comes from a great club where he's played first-team football," he told the club's official website.

"He'll come in and help the other lads out. He's played a lot of first-team games out on loan last season and I'm sure he'll do great for us."

De Laet said that was looking to furthering his development in England's top flight.

"I'm really pleased to be able to continue my development as a young player with Norwich, where the manager has given me this chance to come in and fight for a place in the team," he said.

"I know it's going to be very tough because the lads there have done really, really well and it's going to be a big challenge to get into a team which is really used to winning and is a great, tight-knit group.

"The fans there are great as well. I remember that game at Portsmouth when Norwich went up and the fans were superb.

"You could see how much it meant to them and to the club to get back into the Premier League after some difficult years."

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