Alex Neil will call the shots in Norwich City contract talks

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is not concerned by the number of senior players out of contract in 1

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is not concerned by the number of senior players out of contract in 12 months. Picture by Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd

Focus on your football is Alex Neil's message to a clutch of his Norwich City senior stars coming to the end of current Carrow Road deals.

The likes of Wes Hoolahan, Martin Olsson and Ryan Bennett are among a number of Neil's key personnel out of contract in 12 months time but the Scot insists that is not a distraction.

'We are in control of the situation,' he said. 'I am not having conversations with players telling me they are unhappy and to be honest even if I was, unless we get the right money they are going nowhere.

'We have got feedback that says pretty much most of the players who might be out of contract next year want to stay and want new contracts so that is something that is ongoing at the moment.

'Until the window shuts you might get players who are likely to stamp their feet and have a hissy fit but once the window is shut they have no option but to get back down to business.

'Either you play or you don't and players want to play. That is the business side of the game and that will get taken care of. When you sign a contract if, for example, you were injured for two years I wouldn't be going to them and saying I want my money back because you are not playing, so it works both ways. Players are wise enough to realise that.'

City have already tied down Steven Whittaker, Cameron Jerome and Graham Dorrans to longer term deals this summer.

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'It is important we send out the message we are not going to be losing our best players. They are going to be staying here,' said the City chief.

'I think the deal for Nathan (Redmond) was an exception, in terms of what we have got.'