‘I’d love them to stay’ – but City star knows the Canaries’ January realities

Norwich City winger Josh Murphy with Alex Pritchard, who has been heavily linked with a Premier Leag

Norwich City winger Josh Murphy with Alex Pritchard, who has been heavily linked with a Premier League move to Huddersfield Town. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It's not just supporters keeping their fingers crossed Norwich City can hold on to their prime assets this month – so are their team-mates.

With James Maddison and Alex Pritchard – strongly linked with an £11m move to Premier League Huddersfield Town – so often the stars of the show, plus the Canaries' forthcoming financial predicament come their first window without Premier League revenue in seven years, plenty are braced for a big January departure.

But that won't stop them hoping it doesn't happen, and Josh Murphy admitted plenty of City's squad feel the same way.

'Of course you want to keep your best players and I'd love them to stay,' admitted the 22-year-old winger, who himself could attract potential suitors given his twin's big money move to Newcastle in the previous window.

'I think all the boys would be saying to them no, you've got to stay here. But we'll have to see. Nothing is concrete yet and as long as they are Norwich players, then they are going to give 100pc.

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'We're looking forward to pushing up the table now and they are going to be a massive help to that.'


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City's Championship task resumes at the weekend when they visit Bristol City, after which it's their second bite at the FA Cup as they take in their third round replay at Chelsea.

Murphy may be more motivated than most to win that, given a Carrow Road reunion with his brother Jacob would be on the cards in the fourth round with Newcastle United awaiting next Wednesday's winner.

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has a word in the ear of goalscorer Josh Murphy as the Canaries

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has a word in the ear of goalscorer Josh Murphy as the Canaries celebrate a rare Boxing Day away win at the Championship's bottom club, Birmingham City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Josh has happy memories of his previous Stamford Bridge visit too, when both Murphys helped City's Under-18s to FA Youth Cup success.

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'It'll be good,' added Josh. 'The last time I was at Stamford Bridge we won, so hopefully we can get a win, and that would be perfect – two times at Stamford Bridge and two wins.

'I do enjoy the cups. I always seem to score in the cups – although I didn't on Saturday. But hopefully we can go to there and if we perform the same way, we've got a right good chance.

'They may know a bit more about us now but all teams do their research and it's just about turning up on the day and putting in the performance of your life, and then you never know what can happen.'

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