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Aaron Ramsey to Cardiff City hits trouble as Juventus legend offers him transfer lifeline​


Aaron Ramsey has been offered a transfer lifeline by Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo.

The Daily Record cite Italian reports stating Pirlo, now the manager of highly ambitious Turkish outfit Fatih Karagumruk, will use his contracts in the game to tempt Ramsey to join them on loan.

It has been widely reported that Ramsey will leave Turin this summer, and despite having a year left on his contract there are suggestions his deal could be terminated early in a move which would suit all parties.

Welshman Ramsey is on a sizeable wages with the Serie A giants, who are keen to shift his salary off their books, even if it means a pay-off for the 31-year-old.

He spent the second half of last season on loan with Rangers to muted success, with injuries hampering his time in Scotland. However, he showed what he could do during Wales' recent internationals, helping them to World Cup qualification against Ukraine and supplying a sumptuous assist in the 1-1 Nations League draw with Belgium.

He is still odds-on to join former club Cardiff City this summer but Pirlo's interest could throw a speed bump in the road. Pirlo said: "I was lucky because I played for important clubs and I hope I can use some of my contacts to bring some of their players here.

"I think it would be good for some of them to experience a new culture and a new style of football."

Elsewhere in Italy, Il Corriere dello Sport state Ramsey's representatives are in the country negotiating the termination of his contract. The Old Lady have reportedly offered €2million, while Ramsey’s representative wants at least €4million
 

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Promising young players sign new contracts at CCS​

Over the last week, several promising young players have put pen-to-paper and signed professional contracts with Cardiff City.​

Jac Clay, James Crole, Caleb Hughes and Aidan MacNamara continue their journeys with their boyhood Club, with 18-year-old defender Xavier Benjamin also penning a contract with City having previously played in Fulham's youth system.

New Bluebird Xavier Benjamin is excited for his first season with the Club. After signing his two-year contract, the defender said: "I'm truly honoured and blessed to be a part of this great club. I cannot wait to get involved, play and progress as a player and a person. I'm really looking forward to interacting with the staff, players and even the fans, as this is a new chapter for me.
"I want to get the ball moving, and I know the opportunity that is here at the Club, and I want to take it with both hands when the time comes. On and off the pitch, I'll be giving 100%, working hard and being the best that I can be."


With several goals scored for both the U18 and U23 side last season, forward James Crole's breakthrough within the Academy has resulted in him signing a two-year deal with Cardiff City. The 18-year-old expressed his delight whilst at CCS: "I've been coming to games since I was four or five years old, and playing for the Club is all that I've wanted to do since I was that age.

"It's nice to sign the new contract, and I'm excited for the new season. I feel like I've come along quite a lot as a player in the last year, and now I can't wait for what comes next.


Defender Jac Clay signed a one-year deal with the Bluebirds, as he now looks to make the step up to playing for the U23 side following two seasons with the U18s.
"I'm very happy and proud," Jac said. "I've been at the Club for quite a while, so I've been looking forward to this day, it's an accomplishment that I'm happy to have achieved.
"I have to give my thanks to my parents and other family members for driving me around over the years, as well as the coaches for all of their work in supporting me. I'm looking forward to getting to work in pre-season!"


Teammate and fellow defender Aidan MacNamara also signed a new one-year professional contract with City. Upon signing, Aidan explained: "I've been at the Club since I was seven years old, and it's always been my dream to progress through the Academy and aim to play for the First Team.
"I'm not there yet, but this is a good step forward! I want to hit the ground running this season; there are plenty of opportunities at the Club with a lot of young players coming through, there's never been a better time for me to make a mark."


Following a loan spell to Cymru Premier club Haverfordwest County during the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, Caleb Hughes' new one-year deal sees the midfielder return to South Wales with a desire to push on within our U23 side.

“I’m happy to have signed and can’t wait to get the season started now,” said Caleb. “I learned a lot during my loan spell playing men’s football, and want to bring that back with me to this next campaign.

“My aim is to play regularly for the U23 side, and then to hopefully make my debut for the Club.”


With several new deals agreed upon for the U23 side ahead of the 2022/23 season, Head of Academy David Hughes spoke of the positive work that has been done behind the scenes before pre-season begins later this month.

"First of all, I’d like to congratulate the boys themselves, as well as their families and parents," began David. "Well done also to the staff who have worked with them, from the recruitment guys who spotted them and identified their capability, to the coaches and support team who have nurtured and developed their potential, with yet more to unlock.

“With the signings, we’ve illustrated the two pathways that we have in place. Four of the boys are from our Academy, who have grown up with the Club, whilst we’ve also identified Xavier Benjamin and introduced him to the programme from Fulham.

“We’re really excited, and believe we can support these players in achieving their dream of playing for our First Team.

“Cardiff City has always had talent and promise. We’ve seen the success of that more recently, and the challenge for the next group is to confirm that there are individuals who are talented and motivated enough to ensure that they’re the next ones to set foot onto the First Team pitch.

“It’s exciting, and when there are young players seeing that others have advanced to succeed in making the final step, having those aspirational conversations can be so important in their development. Equally, when the First Team staff have also made that step up from managing within the Academy to where they are now, they understand the importance of what that difference looks like."
 

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Not City related but a rumour all the same....

Bellamy spotted at Burnley​

Former Cardiff City star Craig Bellamy has seemingly been spotted on the training ground at Burnley.

The Clarets have been in pre-season training this week ahead of the new campaign, with the club preparing for life back in the Championship after their relegation from the Premier League last term.

Vincent Kompany has since taken over the reins at Turf Moor, and there has already been a suggestion Bellamy may follow him to Lancashire given that the two worked together while at Belgian side Anderlecht.

And those suggestions will only continue to gather pace following an Instagram post from Burnley player Adam Phillips, which appears to show the midfielder sharing a brief moment with Bellamy on the training pitch.

The post has since been edited to take the picture out.
 

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Twitter is going crazy :hehe:someone posted "It's happening "
 

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It's happening.

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Apparently announcement tomorrow 5pm :coat:
 

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I don't know anything but just passing this pic on taken at Cardiff Airport (apparently) earlier tonight, with a potato it seems. :hehe:

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I don't know anything but just passing this pic on taken at Cardiff Airport (apparently) earlier tonight, with a potato it seems. :hehe:

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That plane is definitely the same model as a private jet that flew Madrid to Cardiff yesterday, I'm sure the photographer would have been able to see in person if it was bale or not. If they're telling the truth is another question, as is the reason bale would be here
 

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I half think the club would want to announce the new kit and bale at the same time, which is still 8 days away
 

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That plane is definitely the same model as a private jet that flew Madrid to Cardiff yesterday, I'm sure the photographer would have been able to see in person if it was bale or not. If they're telling the truth is another question, as is the reason bale would be here
Assuming it was him, how do we know he doesn’t come home to see his family on a regular basis like this?
 
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Assuming it was him, how do we know he doesn’t come home to see his family on a regular basis like this?
This is what I was thinking, what is the big deal about seeing a guy who regularly visits his home in Cardiff visiting his home in Cardiff? :hehe:
 

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This is what I was thinking, what is the big deal about seeing a guy who regularly visits his home in Cardiff visiting his home in Cardiff? :hehe:
A point I made last week, but I think @BSP could throw some light on this. He still hasn't parted with all of the info about what he saw at the airport on that occasion.

:hehe:
 

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A point I made last week, but I think @BSP could throw some light on this. He still hasn't parted with all of the info about what he saw at the airport on that occasion.

:hehe:

I thought he was having us on with that. :sherlock:
 

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Some utter James Hunt has just created a spoof City account on Twitter to announce the "Bale signing".

Not reposting it on here, but be forewarned before you get too excited!
 

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