Steven Naismith wants to stay at Norwich City

Steven Naismith was touted with a City exit this summer. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Steven Naismith was touted with a City exit this summer. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Steven Naismith will not stick around if Norwich City want him gone this summer.

The Scottish international has been touted with a close season exit in recent days, with Stuart Webber already underlining he means business by releasing seven senior players.

Naismith has two years left on his existing Carrow Road deal, but club and international team-mate Russell Martin insists the 30-year-old wants to stay in Norfolk.

'Whatever happens with Naisy he has told me he has a contract here and he wants to see it out,' he said. 'Something came out in the press the other day and we spoke about that. It'll be up to the club of course but Steven is not someone who would sit here and pick up money for the sake of doing that. If the club decide they don't want him then he would not wish to hang around. I know for a fact he would rather take a wage cut and play somewhere than do that. He is not that kind of person. There is a lot to go on at the club this summer but for me we are better squad with Steven Naismith in it.'

Naismith is suspended for Sunday's Championship finale against QPR but the midfielder is a positive influence in the City changing room.

'With Naisy you have one of the most honest, hard-working professionals I have come across. He is a real winner and what is he good at is being around the young lads. You need people like that around the place,' said Martin. 'He has been at top clubs, played in the Champions League, has a huge amount of international caps so he knows the standard required.

'For our young lads they need to be reminded of that this season. We have not hit the standards required around the place. They probably think Naisy and myself are moaning old gits but it is for them. We want the Murphys, for example, to kick on for this football club and then if it comes to a point where they were not here to earn this club millions. Simple as that. They can take their career whichever way they want it. As older professionals that is part of your job.'

Martin also hopes there is a longer term role for interim chief Alan Irvine.

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'I can't speak highly enough of him and the staff. There is uncertainty for them as much as the players and their jobs. Alan himself doesn't know if he is going to be part of it but they have been professional,' he said. ' I think it has been said he is not going to be considered (for the head coach role) but as a person in these circumstances you cannot fault him. There is no doubting his ability as a coach out on the grass because he has been doing it for 30-odd years. He is excellent at that. I am sure Alan is the same as myself and a few other players in wanting to see if they are part of the new man's plans. If he is not going to be utilised properly he wouldn't want to stay.'