Henri Lansbury has no time for sentiment ahead of Norwich City reunion
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Henri Lansbury has fond memories of his loan spell at Norwich City but there can be no divided loyalties on Saturday when he looks to help Nottingham Forest maintain their good start to the Championship season.
Lansbury was part of the City squad that clinched promotion from the second tier in 2011, during a number of loan spells away from boyhood club Arsenal, but the midfielder appears to have settled down at the Reds.
'I had a great time at Norwich as we won promotion but it would be nice to put one over them,' he said. 'If we can beat Norwich then the points at (Aston) Villa and Rotherham will be even better. It would put us in a great position. Once the new players have found their feet, I think we'll be a threat in this league. We've made some great additions. We have quite a tough training schedule and the manager has us working hard. He's building a great team spirit here. It suits my game that we're playing on the front foot. We now need to find the right balance between attacking and defending.'
Lansbury is currently in contract talks to extend his stay at the City Ground after being touted with a summer move away.
'I think we are still discussing things,' he said. 'Why would I want to leave here? I have found my feet here, it is a great club with a great squad and I think we have a great chance. It is always nice to have interest and speculation (over your future), because it shows you are doing well on the pitch. It is part and parcel of football isn't it? You get it every window. There are always players linked with moves. Some happen, some don't.
'I have been here four years now and it is a great place to be. I think you can see I am focused on my football. It is ongoing at the minute and hopefully we can find some common ground. When I first came here this felt like a home to me. The fans have been fantastic, the staff and players have been as well.'