I want to stay and fight for my place at Norwich City, says Steven Naismith

Steven Naismith wants to stay and fight his place at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Im

Steven Naismith wants to stay and fight his place at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Steven Naismith insists he has no plans to leave Norwich City this summer and is desperate to impress new head coach Daniel Farke.

Naismith, who signed in a £7.5m deal from Everton in January 2016, is expected to attract interest from clubs this summer.

With Norwich looking to trim their wage bill, Naismith was expected to be another casualty of the new regime under sporting director Stuart Webber.

However, the Scotland international is keen to see out the remaining two years of his contract at Carrow Road and wants to make an instant impression on Farke.

'As you get older, it's all about routine and playing, so that's when you do need to think about playing more.

'I've got two years left of my contract there, I still think I can contribute massively and help the club get to where they want to be, and we'll see how it goes in pre-season.'

Naismith is looking forward to working under Norwich's first foreign head coach and hopes to thrive as he did under Roberto Martinez at Everton.

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'You've got a new manager, a German, so it's something new for me,' he said. 'I'm hoping to learn lots from him.

'Growing up, I had a lot of British-based managers who gave me my fundamental learning skills for what I've got and the type of player I am.

'I had Martinez - that was the total opposite - and he gave me a whole new dimension on how to play the game.

'I loved that and now, hopefully with the new manager, I'll learn much more.

'The club has had a shake-up and no player at the club is safe - and that's probably a good situation for the club in terms of moving forward.'

The Canaries strengthened their forward line last week with the addition of Marley Watkins, who will join the club in July on a free transfer.

However, Naismith is looking to ensure he is part of City's rebuild next season but admits he is likely to finish his career in Scotland.

'I signed expecting to see out my contract and that's what I think I'll be doing,' said the Scot, who scored seven times in 32 appearances in the 2016-17 season.

'I'll go down for pre-season. Obviously, when any new manager comes in, that can change if you're not in his plans.

'I'm going back to work as hard as I can, show my worth and hopefully he accepts me and wants me to be a big part of his squad.

'I think I will come back to Scotland at some point to play, to finish off hopefully, and I'll assess my options when that day comes, but I don't like to think too far in front.'

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