Ruddy was pursued by the Blues this summer before they landed Schwarzer.
Chelsea tried to sign Norwich City and England goalkeeper John Ruddy this summer as understudy for No.1 Petr Cech.
In the end the move fell through as the Canaries wanted more for the the 26-year-old than the Blues were prepared to pay and the west London club instead snapped up Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer on a free transfer.
However, despite being happy at Carrow Road Ruddy has said that the interest from the three-time Premier League champions flattered the Englishman.
“I was flattered by the interest and I thank Chelsea and [Jose] Mourinho for that – and the level of interest they showed as well,” the ‘keeper was quoted by Sky Sports.
“It was very nice, very flattering, but it was something the club didn’t want to look at and they were well within their rights.”
Ruddy has enjoyed a steady rise to stardom since joining Norwich from Everton three years ago, back when the Norfolk side were still in the Championship.
Since then the stopper has become the undisputed first choice for the club and has played 101 times in all competitions.
Ruddy has also been capped by England and is highly likely to be in manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for the 2014 World Cup – should the nation make it there.
Mourinho meanwhile appears to be preparing for life without Cech at Stamford Bridge as the Czech Republic international approaches 32.
However, the club already have a ready-made replacement in Thibaut Courtois on the books, with the Belgian currently playing a third successive season on-loan at Atletico Madrid.
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