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Ruddy 'flattered' by Chelsea interest

John Ruddy has told The Pink'un that he was flattered by Chelsea's summer interest but has no regrets about remaining at Norwich City.

John Ruddy celebrates Anthony Pilkington's recent winner against Man United
Ruddy joined Norwich in 2010.

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Ruddy, 26, was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge following reports the Blues had a £6 million bid for the goalkeeper turned down.

The one-time England international ultimately stayed at Norwich, while Chelsea moved for Mark Schwarzer, and Ruddy is content with his future at Carrow Road.

"The club didn’t get an offer they deemed acceptable," Ruddy said. "I was flattered by the interest and I thank Chelsea and Mourinho for that -- and the level of interest they showed as well.

"But it wasn’t to be. It was all sorted fairly early doors before we started pre-season, so I was ready to get my head down and work hard for Norwich, and try to maintain my performances that I had last year."

He added: "It was very nice, very flattering -- but it was something the club didn’t want to look at and they were well within their rights. I’ve signed a long-term deal here and I wouldn’t have signed that if I wasn’t happy to see it out.

"I’m more than happy to be at Norwich. It was one of those where if it didn’t happen, then so be it. I’m not going to kick up a fuss and force my way out."


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