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Daniel Farke insisted Max Aarons will only leave to join one of the elite, after fresh reports Everton head a list of admirers.
Farke took time out from his pre-match preview of Saturday's Championship visit to QPR to reiterate the Toffees, or anyone else for that matter, are not in advanced discussions with Norwich.
The England Under-21 international has been named as a target for the super elite at home and abroad, and was the subject of a loan inquiry last summer from Barcelona.
This was Farke's full reaction on the latest link to Everton.
"I have been asked this same question for it feels like the past 24 months. Always the same answer. Max is under a long term contract with us and we are all happy.
"From our side there is no intention to do anything. He is one of our best players, a key player for our success. Why should we send him away?
"Also if I was to walk in his shoes what we can offer right now is a club who totally trust him, a head coach who totally trusts him, team mates who love him, fans who love him.
"He will play in the best league in the world next season and he has a good chance to play many, many minutes. A great chance for him and us to shine on the top level.
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"If I walk in his shoes it makes no sense to travel to a different club where he might be able to earn a few more pounds. In the end, it makes no sense to move to a club in Germany or Spain who play for position 10 in the table or right here a team in England playing for position 14.
"My gut feeling is it makes no sense at his age to move somewhere where he is a back up.
"For me, he has the potential and quality to play for the best clubs in the world. Either a top club in England or a top four club in Germany or Spain.
"Then if one of those said to us, we want to sign Max Aarons and he will be our future at right full back for the next five seasons and he will play an important role,' then I am quite sure it would be a good move for him and the next step. Then the two clubs in question could have some talks to find a solution.
"If a club from this category trust Max to make him the number one then you can find a solution with the money side because that level of club can put an offer to us that is acceptable.
"We don't have to speak about rumours or speculation. For me, it just makes sense for us and Max if a top club in England, Germany or Spain want him for the next five years as a number one. I would say the same to Max's management.
"He has a good salary here. There is no need for a panicked move. If the right club comes with the right offer then a solution can be found. But we have a responsibility for Max and if he wants to move the next one is not about money but his career. If this all comes together, there can be a solution. But there are no talks, nothing in the background. Let's see how it develops.
"There is plenty of time and we are quite relaxed."
Aarons will be a key figure at Loftus Road in City's bid to seal a second title at this level under Farke. Norwich have suffered back-to-back defeats since promotion to the Premier League was sealed without kicking a ball last weekend.
Watford's 1-0 midweek win at Carrow Road means they are five points clear of the Hornets with three games left, in their pursuit of the Championship title.
Farke confirmed at Colney a clean bill of health from the players who featured against the Hornets. Dimitris Giannoulis serves the second of a three-game ban for his Bournemouth red card.
Adam Idah and Michael McGovern are back in full team training after injury lay-offs.
Christoph Zimmermann is doing his rehab after a recent hamstring injury, and Farke still holds out a glimmer of hope he can be back before the end of the season next month.
Sam Byram (hamstring) and Ben Gibson (ankle) are longer term absentees. Midfielder Lukas Rupp (hamstring) is another out for the season after suffering a recurrence of a previous hamstring problem.
Rupp does not require surgery for a tendon issue but is expected to be out for four to five weeks.
Moritz Leitner is not part of the plans.
Farke spoke to the media remotely from Colney.
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