Cardiff City transfer news as star pens deal, Leeds United hit by triple blow and Ramsey makes ‘weight off the shoulders’ claim
The latest Bluebirds news from Cardiff City Stadium
Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Friday, August 4.
Wintle pens new deal
Ryan Wintle has signed a three-year contract extension with Cardiff City in another boost for the club.
Wintle has been one of the standout players over the last 18 months and has been rewarded with a new deal.
“I’m delighted. I’m happy to get this done. It’s been on the cards for a while now,” he said.
We’re showing great ambition and hopefully we’ll have a successful campaign ahead. It’s a tough league this year, but with the squad we have, we can definitely push towards the top end of the table.
“The manager has come in and brought in a new style, and I think it suits me down to the ground.
Rambo: Coming home like a ‘weight off my shoulders’
Aaron Ramsey has described his Cardiff homecoming as a “weight off his shoulders” and
In a protracted saga that ran in the early stages of the summer, the midfielder finally put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the club with an option for a further season.
On coming home to his boyhood club, he told talkSPORT: “It’s been brilliant, seeing some old faces who were here when I was first here. Being back around friends and family, it just feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
“I’ve been away from my family for 12 to 18 months and I’ve got a young family and I was missing out on a lot of things. That played a massive part in my decision to come back.
“I always wanted to come back to Cardiff one day and there was no better time for me to come, I can still produce performances and just try and help Cardiff get back to where they were. I feel like I’m still physically capable of helping my team-mates.”
There is tentative optimism heading into the season and that is shared by Ramsey, who believes the club have made positive strides in the transfer window.
“The business the club has done has been really positive,” he added. “It’s been difficult, still being under an embargo, but we’ve signed decent players and players who are more than capable of hurting opposition.
“I’m pretty optimistic, the manager has come in and stamped his authority pretty early on and got that balance spot on. Hopefully now we can show what we’ve been working on against Leeds away.
“It’s a great start, the history between the two fans and clubs, to go there and start the campaign I’m really looking forward to it. There are some massive teams in this league and I’m sure there will be some cracking games along the way. I’m really excited to be involved in it.”
Leeds triple injury blow
Leeds boss Daniel Farke has revealed three strikers — Patrick Bamford, Georginio Rutter and Mateo Joseph — will miss Sunday’s game with Cardiff.
The Bluebirds’ season opener is a difficult one and they have their first-choice goalkeeper in Ryan Allsop missing, however Leeds are struggling at the other end of the pitch.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Championship opener with Cardiff City, Farke said: “Patrick won’t return until the first international break and he will miss the next games, definitely.
“Georginio Rutter looks slightly better. He has got a core injury, but he will definitely also miss the game on Sunday and the next cup game.
“We hope he will then return as quick as possible. We hope he is able to play a few games before the international break and I think this will work out.
“Mateo Joseph rolled his ankle on Wednesday in training. We feared a lot and yesterday he was on crutches, but it looks better right now than it was two days ago. He will definitely the next three to four weeks. Because the ligament is damaged but no surgery is needed.
“We are in a bit of a difficult situation (for Sunday). If you asked me a week before, we had all these three strikers available. Obviously, in this position, we are a bit thin. But that is the nature of the season.”
Prutton predicts close game
Former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton believes his old side with start the Championship season with a win over the Bluebirds.
In his Sky Sports column, the Putton, who predicted a 2-1 win for Daniel Farke’s side, said: “Leeds United were promoted in a blaze of glory a few seasons ago and the city came alive under the management of Marcelo Bielsa. It only looked as though they were going to kick on, but if you don’t move forward in football you get left behind. And that is what happened. Their fans will be praying it’s not another 16 years before they taste the top flight again.
“That being said, they have gone down in better shape than last time, and have acted quickly in bringing in Daniel Farke – who has won this league the last two times he has managed in it, with Norwich in 2019 and 2021.
“For now, they still have the likes of Jack Harrison, Wilfried Gnonto and Tyler Adams in their squad. Whether it remains that way by the end of the window, we’ll have to wait and see.
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“Cardiff have brought in Erol Bulut as manager over the summer. It is his first job outside of Turkey, but if you have sat in the Fenerbahce hotseat then you can handle the fireworks of the Championship. It will also be exciting to see Aaron Ramsey back at his boyhood club this season.
“It really could go any which way for the Bluebirds, but I think their season starts with a defeat.”
Released youngsters find new homes
Ex-Cardiff City youngsters Owen Pritchard and Taylor Jones have found new homes in the Welsh football pyramid
Both players had been regular fixtures for Bluebirds academy teams for a decade or more, but this summer it was announced they would be released.
Jones has signed for Cambrian & Clydach, with the club writing on social media: “The club & Richie Ryan are pleased to get the signature of Tays. A great young talent who spent over a decade at Cardiff City and represented and captained Wales at different age groups too.”
Pritchard, meanwhile, has joined Pontypridd United. A popular figure at Cardiff, Pritchard donned the armband a number of times during his days with the academy.