Big money move did not interest Norwich City’s Jacob Murphy
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First team starts not swelling his bank balance is Jacob Murphy's motivation at Norwich City.
Murphy's stellar start to the Championship earned him a new four-and-half year deal earlier this week but the 21-year-old's form had seen him linked with interest from the Premier League.
'It is not about the money. I am 21 and playing regular first team football. I am here to develop,' he said. 'The money comes later. As long as I am playing football I don't care. It wasn't a distraction. If I can keep up my good form I knew I would be playing more games than I am likely to miss. At this point of my career this is the perfect club for my and I have loved every minute since I came here when I was 11.
'It is easy perhaps for me to say this but the club means everything. This is home to me. This club is like my family. I only ever think about my football. If you play well then the contract side of things sorts itself out so I was never worried about the situation. Me and my family were happy to get it done when the club came in with the offer.'
Murphy's twin, Josh, is still in contract talks with the Canaries. Jacob aims to help fire Norwich back to the Premier League.
'That is something between Josh and the club but hopefully they can get it sorted,' he said. 'We would like to be together for our whole playing career but you never know. Last year we were at two different clubs out on loan but Josh couldn't be more happy for me.
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'It would mean everything to get this club back to the Premier League. That is where everyone sees us being. We don't want to be in the Championship. We want to play against the big boys.'
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