Date: 14th March 2006 at 7:59am
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Chester City have issued a statement expressing their disapproval of the behaviour of loan star Derek Asamoah. Appearing on the club’s website, the statement reads as follows:

‘Chester City Football are very disappointed that Derek Asamoah and his agent Charles Collymore have decided to go to the national media with a story indicating that Derek Asamoah was forced to miss training because he was having to find alternative accommodation when he should have been training with his team mates on Thursday 9th March 2006.

Mr Asamoah signed for Chester City on loan in early January 2006 until the end of this current season, a deal was brokered with his agent that

he would receive a £3000 one off payment for relocation expenses and he would receive a £4700 monthly salary. To enable him to settle into the area more quickly Derek Asamoah was given temporary rent free furnished accommodation in a detached home belonging to a Director of Chester City FC. Derek Asamoah was made aware that the accommodation was temporary and that a sale had been
agreed on the property.

The Club informed Derek Asamoah on Monday 6th March 2006 that he had to vacate the property by Thursday morning 9th March 2006 because the sale was due to be completed later that day.

On the morning of Wednesday 8th March, Paul Baker (Club Director) called at the property to see if Derek Asamoah had sorted alternative accommodation and to check when he would be vacating the property.

Derek Asamoah confirmed that he was vacating that day (8th March) and had sorted alternative accommodation. At no point did Mr Asamoah give any reason that he would miss training on Thursday 9th March 2006. Chester City Football Club believe that they have done all they could to make Derek Asamoah welcome to our club and to enable him to settle into the area as quickly as possible.

Despite repeated requests to Derek Asamoah he has failed to sign a form acknowledging receipt of his £3000 relocation expenses. Mr Asamoah claims that he has not received these expenses. The club has advised him to take this issue up with his agent Charles Collymore.

Further to reports circulating elsewhere we can also confirm that Mr Keith Curle is not owed any money by Chester City Football Club.

The Board of Chester City Football Club. ‘