Norwich City keeper John Ruddy has admitted that the summer interest from Chelsea and Jose Mourinho was a flattering experience – but the England goalkeeper remains happy at Carrow Road.
The 25-year-old stopper was the subject of two failed bids from the west London outfit, with Mourinho having launched a £6 million 'swoop' for the Canaries' keeper.
But Norwich stood firm and rejected both offers, while Chelsea switched their attention to free agent Mark Schwarzer, who signed a one-year deal at Stanfird Bridge following the expiration of his Fulham contract.
And speaking for the first time since being linked with a move to Chelsea, Ruddy admitted that he was honoured to have been linked with Jose Mourinho's men.
Speaking exclusively to Norwich Evening News 24, Ruddy said: “The club didn’t get an offer they deemed acceptable.
“I was flattered by the interest and I thank Chelsea and Mourinho for that – and the level of interest they showed as well.
“But it wasn’t to be. It was all sorted fairly early doors before we started pre-season, so I was ready to get my head down and work hard for Norwich, and try to maintain my performances that I had last year.
Ruddy added: “It was very nice, very flattering – but it was something the club didn’t want to look at and they were well within their rights. I’ve signed a long-term deal here and I wouldn’t have signed that if I wasn’t happy to see it out.”
With Schwarzer very much a short-term solution for Chelsea, Mourinho may well be on the lookout for a new keeper to challenge current no.1 Petr Cech at the end of the season.
Yet Ruddy is ignoring any talk of a Stamford Bridge switch, insisting he's fully focussed on Norwich.
“I’m more than happy to be at Norwich. It was one of those where if it didn’t happen, then so be it. I’m not going to kick up a fuss and force my way out.”