Lambert makes Canaries commitment

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Paul Lambert insists leaving Norwich never crossed his mind and, with speculation over his future now put to bed, the Scottish manager can focus on a summer recruitment drive to help the Canaries stay in the Barclays Premier League.

The 41-year-old attracted an official approach from Burnley earlier in the season and had emerged as a reported target for managerless West Ham.

While discussions with the board over improvements to his rolling 12-month deal were lengthy, the former Wycombe and Colchester boss insists walking away from Carrow Road was never on the agenda, telling the Canary Player on the club's official website: "It was never a monetary thing whatsoever. I never wanted to leave the club."

He added: "There never was speculation because it was never me who was generating it. I never once thought about leaving.

"I have loved the two years I have been here, we have had paramount success, which has just kept on going.

"Now we can try our best to get players in."

Lambert has been promised all of the £37million windfall from television income to help strengthen the squad as the Canaries look to avoid a swift return to the npower Championship.

Norwich have been linked with Leeds duo Robert Snodgrass and Bradley Johnson, Newcastle keeper Fraser Foster, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Carrow Road in the League One campaign, and Manchester United's Belgian defender Ritchie De Laet.

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose, out of contract at Bayern Munich, is another said to be on Lambert's radar, the former Scotland midfielder maintaining close ties in Germany from his time with Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the 1997 Champions League.

Norwich boss Lambert continued: "It is not going to be easy, but we have to try to give the current group a hand."

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