Norwich City boss Alex Neil plays down John Ruddy Chelsea transfer link

Norwich City boss Alex Neil admits transfer speculation surrounding the likes of John Ruddy is inevi

Norwich City boss Alex Neil admits transfer speculation surrounding the likes of John Ruddy is inevitable this summer. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has brushed off fresh speculation linking newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea with a summer transfer move for John Ruddy.

The England international keeper was tracked by Jose Mourinho's club in 2013 before pledging his future to the Canaries and signing a new, longer term deal at Carrow Road.

The Daily Star claimed on Wednesday Mourinho could revive his interest if Thibault Courtois' back-up, Petr Cech, moves on but Neil adopted a philosophical tone at Colney on Wednesday morning to the latest rumours ahead of the build-up to this weekend's Championship play-off semi-final, second leg return against Ipswich.

'That will happen regardless of the situation we are in right now, particularly around good players who have had a good season,' he said. 'It doesn't matter what league you are in there is always going to be interest. If Chelsea and Jose want John then they can pick up the phone and get the cheque book out. On a serious note, it is part of the game and it doesn't concern me in the slightest.'

Neil is confident Ruddy and the Canaries are ready to join Chelsea in the Premier League next season if they can edge past Town and either Brentford or Middlesbrough at Wembley later this month.

'Yes, I certainly do,' he said. 'When I took over first and foremost I wanted to make sure we climbed the league and if that meant we got all the way to automatic promotion then great, but if not it would have meant we would be in the play-offs.

'So if you look at any squad in the Championship my squad is as good as any to take that step up and I certainly hope that's the case, and I obviously hope we show our quality come the game on Saturday.'