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Ondrej Duda believes the atmosphere at Hertha has improved

By Rune Gjerulff

Ondrej Duda is back at Hertha BSC after his loan spell at Norwich City, and he believes the atmosphere at the German capital club has changed for the better.

Ondrej Duda.
Ondrej Duda.Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Ondrej Duda believes the atmosphere at Hertha BSC has improved since Bruno Labbadia took over as coach in April.

The 25-year-old left the club to join Norwich City on loan in January after being deemed surplus to requirements by then-coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

For many months, Duda didn't actually expect to return, but he's now back in the German capital, where he hopes to be given a new chance to prove himself.

"I was angry and wanted to be sold. But [Hertha boss] Michael Preetz told me that the situation might be different in the summer, because Klinsmann's contract would have expired by then. I didn't really believe him, because a coach usually stays longer. But he was right in the end," Duda told Sport Bild.

"Bruno [Labbadia] said he wants me to be part of the team. He didn't promise me an important role. But he said I have the same chance as everyone else. That's honest and direct. I like that."

Asked what has changed at Hertha since last winter, Duda responded:

"Different coach, different players. A lot has changed, most of it for the better. First and foremost, the atmosphere is better now."

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