John Ruddy is tied to a long-term contract at Norwich City, one which is due to keep him at Carrow Road until 2017.
Deals mean little in modern football, though, with agreements there to be broken once interest is shown from afar.
There is little chance of Ruddy pushing for his to be ended in January, but he acknowledges that the decision may be taken out of his hands.
Chelsea were credited with holding an interest in the England international over the summer, and speculation now suggests that Liverpool are keen as the Reds reportedly lose patience with Simon Mignolet.
Ruddy is aware of the rumours, but is reading little into them.
He claims to be fully committed to the Canaries and will leave any decision on his future in the hands of his current employers.
The 28-year-old former Everton goalkeeper told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday: “As I’ve said, I’m under contract at Norwich. I understand how football works and if Norwich get a bid that they deem acceptable, that’s up to them. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m under contract for the next two-and-a-half years, so they’re stuck with me.”
He added when asked if approaches were made over the summer, following Norwich’s tumble out of the Premier League: “Not that I was aware of, and it was never anything I went chasing.
“Norwich are in a great position. The finances of the club are superb and they were in no position that they needed to sell. Obviously we lost Snods (Robert Snodgrass to Hull City) and Leroy (Fer to Queens Park Rangers) for money, but good money. Snods only had a year left on his contract and Leroy made a good profit in a season where we got relegated, so I wish them all the best. They were great players and really good lads, they are a big miss to the training room, but the club brought in really good players this summer.”
Norwich will do all they can to fend off interest in the New Year, should any be shown.
They have been able to put themselves in top-six contention in the Championship and are hoping to bounce back into the big time at the first time of asking.
Key men, such as Rudy, will be crucial to that quest but it remains to be seen whether they can resist big-money offers or whether a man with one cap to his name will look to step up the ladder in an effort to enhance his claims to international recognition.