CHESTER CITY chief executive David Burford last night rubbished reports that three of the club's retained players had handed in transfer requests.
A report yesterday suggested defender Phil Bolland, and mid-field players Ben Davies and Stewart Drummond had requested moves away from the Deva Stadium.
Burford blasted: "These reports are absolute rubbish. I have spoken to Phil Bolland, who totally refutes the report, while Ben Davies and Stewart Drummond are away on holiday and uncontactable. I can assure everybody that no transfer request has been received by this football club from any of the retained players."
Burford continued: "On a positive note, our season ticket sales for the new campaign which starts in August, are continuing to break last season's record levels, and this is extremely encouraging."
City manager Keith Curle returns from a family holiday in Portugal tomorrow and he will start to assemble a squad in readiness for pre-season training which starts on June 30.
As part of the club's training preparations, they will spend five days in Cornwall, in mid July, on what is described as "a bonding and intensive training schedule."
Meanwhile, former Chester manager Mark Wright is being strongly tipped as the new manager of recently-relegated Peterborough United.
The Cambridgeshire club have been looking for a manager since the resignation of their owner Barry Fry earlier this month. Other candidates include ex-Manchester United striker Frank Stapleton, John Hollins, and another ex-Chester manager Ian Rush.