Norwich warn Chelsea off Ruddy

Despite not having the same resources as many other clubs when they first joined the Premier League in 2011, Norwich’s home-grown players have lit up the Premier League with a bunch of enthusiastic and determined performances.

One of the emergent stars of the squad has been goalkeeper Paul Ruddy who’s consistently strong performances has earned him a regular place in the England line-up.

Now, Chelsea are seemingly interested in securing the services of Ruddy having filed a £5 million bid for the keeper earlier this week.

But it seems as if the Blues are going to have their work cut out in order to sign Ruddy with Norwich not wanting to sell their no.1 keeper.

Being one of the key figures at Carrow Road, Ruddy is highly valued by senior officials who are determined to do anything to keep him at the club.

Returning Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to sign a goalkeeper in the summer break considering that the club only has Petr Cech as the only senior player to play in between the sticks.

It’s thought that Norwich are holding out for at least £10 million for Ruddy who has impressed since joining from Everton 3 years ago.

During that time, Ruddy has gone on to make 97 appearances for Norwich although his last season has been hampered by a recurring thigh injury limiting to just 10 appearances for the Norfolk side.

His form has also meant that Ruddy is now a regular part of the England line-up with the St-Ives born keeper making his debut against Switzerland in August last year.

The Canaries will be keen to make sure that their no.1 stays at the club though as they already saw 3rd choice goalkeeper Jed Steer leave earlier in the week.

Steer left the club on a free transfer and signed for fellow relegation rivals Aston Villa on a three year deal.

If Ruddy were to leave the club, it would mean that Mark Bunn would become the only senior goalkeeper in their squad.
Bunn enjoyed a strong season last year as he deputised for Ruddy during his thigh problems and ended up making 23 appearances in the league.

With Chelsea setting their sights firmly on Ruddy, it’s likely that the Londoners won’t back down without a fight although Norwich are going to be determined to make sure that they keep their number 1 at Carrow Road for the coming season.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of SqueakyBumTime.com. A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!