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Sealing the deal

16 September 2016

Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury says he is hopeful of putting pen to paper on a new deal at The City Ground within the coming days.

The 25-year-old says he is extremely positive about the club's future under the leadership of Philippe Montanier and hopes to play a big part in the side over the next few years.

He said: “Talks are still ongoing with the chairman and Pedro Pereira so hopefully that will be sorted soon. I’ve been here for four years now and I just want to concentrate on playing my football. I think you see that when I play my best stuff is when I’m fully focused.

“The plan is to extend my contract to an even longer deal. It’s nice that the chairman wants to keep me here so hopefully everyone can find some common ground and we can get the deal done. I wouldn’t want it to drag on too much longer than it has so far.

“It’s always flattering to have interest from other clubs and to be honest, that is all part and parcel of the game. But I’m happy, it feels like home here at Forest and I want to stay so, like I said, hopefully everything will be tied up soon.”

Lansbury has been part of a Forest side who have scored 15 league goals already this season and the midfielder says he is thoroughly enjoying being included in Philippe Montanier's attacking philosophy.

He said: “It suits my game that we always seem to be playing on the front foot and pressing teams high up the pitch. Last season we were probably too defensive at times but also we didn’t concede that many. Now we need to find that balance between attacking and defending if we are to become a really good side.

“I love scoring and creating goals and getting into the box. But if I do have to sit in a deeper role then I can get on the ball and distribute it more so I’m happy in either role. I find it better playing further forward but I know I need to add a few more goals to my game to justify that.

“At the moment we’re still learning each other’s roles and the manager is still learning his best side but once everything has settled down, we’ll be fine. We’re all working hard for each other and enjoying our football so it’s a good place to be right now.”

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