Russell Martin vows that Martin Olsson’s departure to Swansea would not signal the end of Norwich City’s Championship ambitions this season

Norwich City captain Russell Martin (second left) and Martin Olsson (right) celebrate gaining promot

Norwich City captain Russell Martin (second left) and Martin Olsson (right) celebrate gaining promotion back to the Premier League two years ago. - Credit: Action Images via Reuters

Martin Olsson would leave Norwich City with his team-mates’ best wishes – but wouldn’t take the Canaries’ ambitions this season with him.

The Sweden international is on the brink of completing his Premier League return with bottom side Swansea – and more senior City departures seem likely during the current transfer window.

But captain Russell Martin remains philosophical about the situation.

“Within the group, I don’t think it will change anything,” said Martin. “If he goes, he’ll go with everyone’s best wishes.

“We are all aware where the club is at, and the finance people – Jez (Moxey), the gaffer and technical boys – they have to make decisions and they’ve made that one.

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“He’s been good for us so if he goes, we’ll all be sorry to see him leave. I think ‘Ols’ had a chance to go in the summer. At the end of the day, the club have accepted the bid and he’s got a choice to make. The club have seen it as good business so if he goes, that’s down to him.

“I think what you’re getting at is, would the lads see it as we’re not going to see anything at the end of the season if we let players like him go – but that’s not the case. We’ve got depth, we’ve got quality and I’m sure they’ve got a replacement lined up if he does go.

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“We have to make sure with the quality we’ve got, and when we add one or two this window, that we kick on and turn things around.”

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