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Norwich midfielder Charlie Gilmour happy with decision to join Telstar

Norwich City midfielder Charlie Gilmour is happy with his decision to join Telstar on-loan.

Snapped up from Arsenal earlier in the summer, Gilmour was immediately sent to the Eerste Divisie for the season. And in Holland, the 20 year-old admits he's found the style of football suits him.

He told Voetbalzone: "Many people in England advised me to go abroad and one of the options was the Netherlands. Teams try to play more football here and keep it up, even when things go wrong.

"I like to have the ball on the floor because I feel that I am technically good enough to play that game. That is why I knew that the Netherlands would be the right place for me, football is attractive and teams always try to play football."

Gilmour was surprisingly allowed to leave the Gunners at the end of season - and there was little surprise Norwich acted quickly to secure him. The son of a former pro, Dad Ian played for Motherwell in Scotland, Gilmour was with Arsenal for 14 years before his release. The midfielder made a first team appearance for Arsenal in the Europa League last year - his one senior game for the club.

Now on a two-year deal with the Canaries, Gilmour is enjoying his first taste of regular first team football at Telstar. And he admits his Arsenal ties had a big decision on his move to the Dutch outfit.

"Soccer here is very different, perhaps a little less quick. But more tactical, you have to use your head. That fits well with my game.

"It was a no brainer, frankly.

"I also knew the trainer (Andries Jonker) from my time at Arsenal, so that is also an advantage. I didn't know much about Telstar, I must confess."

- updated September 2

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