Stars will stay at Norwich City – Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert says none of his top players will be leaving Carrow Road during the January transfer window.
The City boss laughed off rumours that right back Russell Martin was on his way to Premier League Blackburn Rovers - and treated new reports linking him with the managerial vacancies at Burnley and Preston in much the same manner.
The arrival of the transfer window is always greeted with rumours, but Lambert made it clear who's the boss at Carrow Road - and that his decision is final.
'If the club want to sell then it is whether I accept it or not and if they want to sell and I don't agree then it becomes a major issue,' he said.
That's unlikely to be the case, although Lambert emphasised that financial concerns will dictate where he does his shopping - which started this week with the capture of big striker Aaron Wilbraham from League One side MK Dons.
'People have got to get the perception out of their head that we are going to go and buy big,' he said. 'We can't do it, that's the bottom line. People have to get that - we cannot do what other teams do. We can only try and get in where we think we need to strengthen it and get lads who are hungry to go and do it, but people have to have a realism with where the club is.'
City's first game of 2011 is at home to leaders Queens Park Rangers, with Lambert's plans hit by injuries.
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Having seen central defender Elliott Ward and midfielder Henri Lansbury ruled out by calf and hamstring injuries respectively, Lambert says there is now a doubt over another, unnamed, player.
Left back Simon Lappin is suspended, so Adam Drury looks certain to start, even though he hasn't played for more than two and a half months.
'Whoever I play I don't have any fears because they give me everything they have got,' said Lambert. 'They won't let anybody down, they won't let themselves down, they won't myself down or the club or their team-mates which is important. Whoever plays I don't have a problem.'