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Aitor pleased with early preparations

3 July 2018

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Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is as excited about getting the season underway as the supporters as his squad takes shape before the big kick-off.

With seven new additions to his squad, The Reds boss is eager to continue putting in the hard work during pre-season to make sure his side is ready for the opening match against Bristol City.

Asked whether he was excited, he said: "Yes, you can imagine. It is a reflection of how good the club is working since I arrived here. It is nothing new. When I came here in the first transfer market, everybody could see that something was happening and now it is a reflection of how the team finished the last season.

"We knew that we should have won more games but at least the people left the stadium better than they had left in the past. Now, again, it is a reflection of how happy and excited everybody is about the following season, and I am one of them."

Karanka admits that he didn't need to take time off during the summer break and feels that all of the hard work done early on in the transfer window can only benefit his side.

"I had 10 months last year to rest, so I didn't need the time to rest," he said. "I know this league and I know how important it is to do the business as soon as possible, especially this season when you don't have the market after the second week, and how important it is to work with all the squad because you don't have time.

"When the league starts, we have six games in three weeks and the sooner you have the players, the better you can start the season. The first games are always really important and I am really pleased because seven players are already here."

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