Nicky Maynard has moved to play down speculation surrounding his future amidst transfer rumours linking the player with a move away from Ashton Gate.

The prolific striker has been heavily linked with a move to both Nottingham Forest and Leicester City this summer, with Sven Goran-Erikson making three bids for the player in an effort to bring Maynard to the Walkers Stadium.

Robins boss Keith Millen has stood firm over the Crewe Alexandra academy graduate thus far though, and now Maynard has spoken on the situation and his commitment to the club during their pre-season tour of Portugal.


"It's just good to be back and enjoying pre-season because I didn't even make the tour last year," he told the official Bristol City website.

"Whatever else happens, happens. I'm happy here playing football and long may it continue. My agent's been in talks with (chairman) Colin Sexstone and (vice chairman) Keith Dawe. Hopefully something will get sorted out sooner rather than later.

"I want what's best for the club and the best for me as well. The sooner it's done the better it will be for both parties."

The news on the 24-year-old comes as a major boost to Robins fans, although things didn't go quite as well on the pitch during the club's first match of pre-season.

City went down to Charlton Athletic 2-1, with Jon Stead scoring the only goal for Millen's side in the second-half. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Johnnie Jackson scored for the Addicks, whilst 22 players got a run out for the Robins.

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