Norwich City chief executive breaks silence over Grant Holt transfer request
Norwich City chief executive David McNally has this afternoon used his Twitter account to confirm for the first time that star striker Grant Holt has asked for a transfer.
Canaries fans were left shocked and stunned yesterday afternoon after it emerged the popular number 9 has asked to leave the club - in a move widely reported to be about wages.
The shock decision came just three days after the top scorer was crowned the Canaries' player of the season for the third year in a row after scoring in last Sunday's 2-0 home win over Aston Villa.
The 31-year-old has scored 70 goals for City in three seasons, 15 of them in his first season in the Premier League, and has two years remaining on his existing contract.
Using his twitter account @davidmcnally62, the chief executive said:
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'We did receive a transfer request from Grant Holt yesterday. It was rejected immediately.
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'At your club, we deal with the out of contract players first of all when each season ends.
'We then deal with players where the club may have an option to extend their contracts. This season, there are several in this category.
'We are almost at the end of this part of our end of season process but we still have some work to do.
'We will then gladly meet with other players and their representatives, including those that may have time left on their contracts.
'We haven't had any discussions yet with any player/agent who has time left on their contract. This is entirely normal at this stage.
'Players with time left on their contracts will only leave NCFC if we are happy for them to do so.
'The article in today's Sun is completely inaccurate and incorrect. There has been no offer made to any in contract player, at this stage.
'We have not had an argument or row with any player, including Grant. The club is very grateful to all of the players for another great year.
'I repeat, no new deal has been discussed with any in contract player, including Grant. The figures in the Sun article are wildly inaccurate.
'The most important activity currently underway at NCFC is Adam Drury's testimonial on tuesday. Please buy a ticket. Please RT
'If you believe the Sun, we are 'plunged into chaos'. On the contrary, we are very relaxed with managing the end of season activities.'