Norwich City forward Steven Naismith has admitted that his days with the club are numbered, as reported by Eastern Daily Press.
The 32-year-old is currently on loan at Scottish Premiership side Hearts having been deemed surplus to requirements by Canaries boss Daniel Farke.
He was named in Hearts’ starting eleven for today’s Scottish League Cup semi-final showdown with Celtic but was forced off with an injury after just eight minutes.
Speaking before the game, Naismith claimed that he is ‘part of the past’ at Carrow Road:
“As a club, they’ve moved on – and they’re (Norwich City) flying as well, which is good to see. There has been a big change there. I am, unfortunately, part of the past there.”
With his Canaries contract set to expire at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, Naismith also discussed the possibility of him penning a permanent deal at Tynecastle Park:
“In the last week or so it’s been more brought up but I’ve not thought about anything, even the fact that I’ll be on a free transfer in the summer.
“I’ve loved the start of the season. I wouldn’t rule it out at all. But I also know that this season, for me, is about my football – about playing and playing and playing.
“I’m not going to start doing things that will upset that one way or the other, whether that be with Hearts or whatever. Hearts have been great to me in the past year, 18 months come the end of the season. So that’s something that I do appreciate. Journalists having been bringing my future up more. I’ve been playing well and not thinking about it.
“When you are on loan, you just think, ‘Right, I’m on loan, enjoy.’ There is an end point to that loan. My situation is slightly different in that I’ll be out of contract, but I think everybody that’s been involved in this loan is happy.”
Norwich are currently in a rich vein of form and have lost just one of their last ten league games, emerging as promotion contenders in the process.
They will travel to Premier League side AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday as they look at advance in the Carabao Cup.