Ryan Bennett is ready to fight his corner at Norwich City
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Ryan Bennett insists fevered transfer speculation will not unsettle him or the rest of Norwich City's squad.
Alex Neil is being touted with moves for the likes of Inter Milan's central defender Andrea Ranocchia and Marseilles Nicolas Nkoulou, now the January window is officially open, but Bennett insists that is par for the course.
'I don't think you can let it worry you as a player. We all want the same thing, which is to stay in the league,' he said. 'Whether that means bringing in four players or 10 players it doesn't bother me. That is what the club needs to do and we want to be part of that. We have a good squad here and we all feel we can play our part for the rest of the season.'
Bennett is enjoying a sustained run in the side alongside Seb Bassong after forcing his way back into Neil's Premier League line up in recent weeks.
'It is probably the most consistent run since I have been at the club, not just in the Premier League,' he said. 'Last year was up and down for me. I was injured and then coming in and out. If you look at the run of games now it is probably the longest run I have had to stay in the team. I need to keep that going as long as I can.
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'Seb is an experienced player, he has played so many games at this level and done well so for me to come in takes time. I had played a lot with Russ (Martin) before that, but we are developing well together and the more you play together, the more you feel you get to know each other.'
Bennett has had to endure a crash course in handling some of the league's most fearsome frontmen during his return to the limelight.
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'I thought the two lads at Watford were very good, as two strikers operating in a pair,' he said. 'But I would say Tottenham is the best team I have come up against. The way they work and the runners they have and the way they are playing at the moment, that was always going to be a difficult game for us.
'That is why beating Aston Villa was so important. To go to Manchester United and win and then go from that high to the low of Tottenham is tough, but we knew in this difficult period Aston Villa was the big one. It was a bonus to do what we did at Old Trafford and everyone enjoyed that but ultimately it wouldn't have counted for anything if we didn't beat Aston Villa.'