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Captain Russell Martin wants to lead Norwich City back to top flight

PUBLISHED: 12:09 20 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:09 20 May 2016

Will Russell Martin be at Carrow Road next season? Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Will Russell Martin be at Carrow Road next season? Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Russell Martin insists he wants to use the pain of relegation to lead Norwich City back into the Premier League.

Captain Martin hopes the majority of Alex Neil’s group will be kept together having successfully returned to the Premier League last time around. And the 30-year-old defender has no doubt in his mind he wants to lead that charge again.

“Of course I do – you can’t tell where you’re going to be next week in football, but I want to be here,” said Martin.

“I’m captain of this football club, I love playing for this football club and I want to get us back to the Premier League. It’s as simple as that.

“So yes, I’m hurting and we need to make sure we use that for next season.”

Two years ago City’s only significant departures revolved around Robert Snodgrass and Leroy Fer for a combined fee of £18m. Whether a similar summer programme is in Alex Neil’s thoughts remains to be seen.

“I hope the squad will stay together,” added Martin. “I’m sure there will be interest in some players, it’s as simple as that. There was last time, there was interest in a lot of us and a lot of us decided to stay or the football club made an effort to keep us.

“There will be interest in some of our players this time too. But what I will say is whoever is here come July and August will want to make sure the club is back in the Premier League, regardless of what happens.

“I don’t know who, I don’t know who to, but that’s the nature of the beast and we’ve got some real good players at the football club that other teams would be interested in.

“Finance comes into football for sure but we’ve got lads here who like being here, enjoy being here, and at the end of the day, you are here until the football club decides that you’re not.

“If bids come in, the football club can say no. If they don’t then it’s up to the players to make that decision.”

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