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Canaries midfielder Tettey admits summer exit is a ‘big possibility’

PUBLISHED: 17:01 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:47 29 December 2017

Alex Tettey returned to City's starting line-up at Birmingham. 
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Alex Tettey returned to City's starting line-up at Birmingham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Alex Tettey admits his future as a Norwich City player is in doubt as his contract begins to expire.

The tough tackling midfielder’s importance to the Canaries was emphasised when he returned alongside Tom Trybull during the Boxing Day win at Birmingham.

His role in that 2-0 success means City are unbeaten in the six Championship matches in which the 31-year-old has started this season, five of which were wins, after his return from almost three months out with a calf injury.

Ahead of today’s trip to lowly Burton Albion, the former Norway international has admitted his sixth season as a Norwich player could prove his last.

“Who knows? I don’t know, but there is a big possibility, yes,” Tettey said, when asked if he could leave when his contract expires in the summer. “That’s me being honest.

“As the manager would say, I don’t want to go too deep with it, I don’t want to talk too much about it but it is what it is, I’ve been here a long time, experienced a lot, Norwich has given me a lot.

“In June my contract expire and who knows? Anything can happen.”

MORE: Tettey proves a key cog in the Canaries machine during return from injury at Birmingham

Last summer the former Rennes midfielder was reportedly a target for former City boss Alex Neil after taking over at Championship rivals Preston, while a return to Norway with former club Rosenborg has also been mentioned.

“It’s not a good situation, to be honest,” Tettey said of his future. “No professional football player wants to be out of contract but I’m personally not thinking much about it, my agent is dealing with that part so that I can focus on football.

“At the moment nothing is happening so I have nothing to say but hopefully that can change soon because no-one wants to be unemployed.”

He added: “To stay in England and play football, that’s what I’m hoping for still.”

The fan favourite retired from international action in March to protect his creaking knees, having been capped 34 times, and is happy with the decision he made.

“I’m a happy man, it’s been good,” Tettey said. “Being honest again, it was a very difficult decision because you always want to play for your country and help them.

“So it wasn’t an easy one but I had to make it for me to be able to play a couple more years.”

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