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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, January 10, 2014
John Ruddy is desperate for Wes Hoolahan to stay at Norwich City.
Hoolahan has been touted with a January transfer window move to Aston Villa, but Ruddy insists the Canaries must hold onto the influential midfielder. Ruddy himself was the centre of speculation last summer when Chelsea were strongly linked and the keeper has a simple piece of advice to his team mate.
“It can be a bit unsettling and you do start to think about it. I am not going to lie,” he said. “At the end of the day the situation Wes finds himself in is not that different to the one I had in the summer. He is contracted to Norwich and until anyone tells you differently there is nothing else you need to focus on besides that.
“I think Wes is a superb player. I have got a lot of time for Wes, I think he is a fantastic little man. There is only one Wes Hoolahan and he is brilliant to have around the place as well, so I am desperate for him to stay here, and I am sure everyone else in that dressing room is as well.”
Ruddy has backed the club’s stance in trying to attract fresh talent in the current transfer market.
“If we do add, then we have got to make sure it is of that quality and the quality we brought in over the summer,” he said. “With what we did in the summer, we brought in some fantastic players and if we can bring in some of the same calibre, then why not?”
Ruddy returns to his old club Everton in the Premier League this weekend and the City number one is adamant that is his main focus as he also tries to make final cut for England’s World Cup squad.
“I would not say it is at the forefront of my mind, as I have a few more pressing matters to deal with at Norwich,” he said. “Certainly it is an aim, it has to be for any English player in the Premier League to try and break into the World Cup squad, and I am no different.
“The way I have played in the last three years in the Premier League stands me in good stead, as will the way I have been with the squad when I have joined up. I have got a little bit of a head start over other people. It is obvious Joe Hart and probably Ben Foster will be the first and second choice so if I can get that third spot it will be a dream come true to get a place on that plane to Brazil.”