Football - Garrido happy to enjoy City return

Defender Javier Garrido is grateful Norwich did not leave their Barclays Premier League rescue act down to the last day of the season.

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Last weekend's 4-0 home win against West Brom secured Norwich's top-flight status and meant Garrido can go back to his former club, Manchester City, on Sunday and enjoy trying to put one over on his big football pal and compatriot David Silva.

The pair came up together through the Spanish national ranks and while defender Garrido played from Under 15 to Under 21 level with Silva, he has not kicked on to break into Spain's senior side in the manner of the City midfielder.

They have been texting each other over the past few weeks and Garrido said: "I have got a very good relationship with him. I texted him three or four weeks ago and he told me that for us it would be better to have the job done (avoid relegation) before we play at City.

"I have good memories of my time at City but the owner was putting in lots of money for new players and that put the level so high and when you are involved you are happier than when you are not. But in general I was happy. It was my first time away from Spain."

In fact, Garrido, 28, admits he was sad to leave City where he played between 2007 and 2010, making 49 league appearances in which he scored two goals alongside players such as Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Richard Kompany, before the influx of star players saw him sold to Lazio.

Injuries limited his appearances and progress at the Italian club, which is how he came to join Norwich on a season-long loan in the summer.

He has proved a solid asset in the Norwich defence, playing 29 league games so far. His reward came when he signed a permanent two-year deal at Carrow Road earlier this week with the option of a third season.

Garrido added: "Ever since my first day here my main thing was to join permanently. They have shown confidence in me. I have played so many games and have been comfortable with everyone.

"After the last game against West Brom I was so happy because I knew I would be here permanently. It was a good moment for me."

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