The England international was linked with a surprise move to Stamford Bridge over the summer, with Blues seeing him as the ideal man to challenge Petr Cech for a starting berth.
Although the Canaries were enticed by a £6m offer from Jose Mourinho’s men, the stopper stayed at Carrow Road.
Ruddy revealed that he was flattered to be linked with a club of Chelsea’s stature, but that he never wanted to leave Norwich:
“The club didn’t get an offer they deemed acceptable,” he told The Express.
“I was flattered by the interest and I thank Chelsea and (Jose) Mourinho for that – and the level of interest they showed as well.
“But it wasn’t to be. It was all sorted fairly early doors before we started pre-season, so I was ready to get my head down and work hard for Norwich, and to try and maintain my performances that I had last year.”
Ruddy has been a key man for Norwich since their return to the top flight, and has developed into a fans’ favourite at the club.
His impressive performances led to a call-up for the 2012 European Championships, however injury prevented him from travelling to the tournament.
The 26-year-old eventually made his debut later in the year in a friendly against Italy.
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