By Harvey Byrne
Henri Lansbury responded to questions regarding his Nottingham Forest future with a question himself, “Why would I want to leave?”
The 25-year-old midfielder moved to Forest in a £1million deal from Arsenal in 2012 and he has become a key player for the side.
However, he has entered the final year of his contract at the City Ground, bringing doubts regarding his future.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the match against Norwich on Saturday, Lansbury gave an update on the ongoing contract talks at the club.
“I think we are still discussing things. There are positives for both parties. But we are in discussions,” said Lansbury as quoted by the Nottingham Post. “Why would I want to leave here? I have found my feet here, it is a great club with a great squad and I think we have a great chance.
“It is always nice to have interest and speculation (over your future), because it shows you are doing well on the pitch.
“It is part and parcel of football isn’t it? You get it every window. There are always players linked with moves. Some happen, some don’t.
“But there are ongoing talks with Pedro (Pereira) and the chairman. I have been here four years now and it is a great place to be. I think you can see I am focused on my football.”
“It would be a long-term contract. It is nice that the chairman wants to keep me. It is ongoing at the minute and hopefully we can find some common ground. When I first came here this felt like a home to me. The fans have been fantastic, the staff and players have been as well.”
Lansbury has become a key figure in the heart of Nottingham Forest’s midfield under French manager Philippe Montanier in the new campaign.
The former Arsenal and West Ham youngster has featured in seven fixtures, scoring one goal for the club.
He helped Forest to a dramatic late equaliser at Villa Park last Sunday in their 2-2 draw and the famous Midlands side will be aiming to return to England’s top flight after a long spell away.
In other Nottingham Forest team news, Fans have reacted excitedly on Twitter after Nicklas Bendtner came off the bench to make his return to English football on Wednesday.