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Stuart Webber: Any Norwich Departures "Will be on our terms"

The canaries sporting director confirmed on Monday that there are no bids on the table for the any of Norwich's promising young stars such as Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey, Emi Buendia or Todd Cantwell.

Both Godfrey and Cantwell have already been linked witha number of potential moves before the season is even out, both at home and abroad, while Aarons has been a regular feature in the transfer gossip columns ever since his Norwich City breakthrough.

Webber expects firm interest to arise over the coming weeks, with Premier League clubs eyeing up the best Carrow Road talent

“We are difficult to negotiate with when we are selling, and we hold all the cards on our young players,” he said. “Not one of them has less than three years left on their contracts. They owe us, we owe them.

“They are homegrown, and British players cost more. That is almost a Premier League tax these days. We are fortunate we have a few of them. I am sure there will also be interest in our younger ones.

“But that will be on our terms"

“If it is top clubs, like when Leicester came in for James Maddison, you have to respect they can pay him and us a lot of money, and the player has his own personal ambitions. But will we sell someone on the cheap just because they say they want to go? No chance.

“If you sign a contract a year ago it doesn’t mean you can swan off into the sunset.

“They are good guys. They care and the majority of their agents get it. Will there be interest? Of course, but on our terms. Has there been interest? No."

“The staff here know I am fair and it won’t be deluded figures we ask for, but we also need good characters to get us back up."

“We got just over £20m for James Maddison, after one season in the Championship, and we needed the money."

“So what I would be saying to people is please have a look at that before you pick up the phone to us. That has set the benchmark for our club.”

“There will be changes. After three years it is probably natural to freshen it up. Whatever division we are in,” said the club’s sporting director. “Any player we recruit permanently has to be able to help us if we get back to the Premier League.

“Some of those departures will be on our terms and if it is time for players to go we will do that quickly.

“There are some Covid challenges, and there will be a hole to fill. But the way our finances are mapped out we don’t have to worry about that now and we can do some bits of transfer business.

“We are in the best place, financially, since myself and Daniel have been here.”

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