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Jason Koumas reveals he asked for Cardiff move

Jason Koumas
Jason Koumas won 34 Wales caps between 2001 and 2009

Jason Koumas has revealed how he told Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez to make his dream return to financially troubled Cardiff City a reality.

The former Wales star insisted he was "not put off" by the off-the-field turmoil at the Welsh club as he bids for a top-flight return with Cardiff.

Koumas agreed a season-long loan deal despite Cardiff being under a transfer embargo, which has since been lifted.

"I know what is going on but it didn't put me off," the midfielder said.

The Bluebirds' new-look board, led by their Malaysian investors and majority shareholders, are struggling to deal with the club's estimated £15m to £30m debt.

Cardiff were under a Football League-imposed transfer ban due to a non-payment of a £1.3m PAYE bill to HM Revenue and Customs and also face a winding-up order at the High Court on 11 August over the debt.

Cardiff have now registered Koumas and fellow summer signings Danny Drinkwater and Tom Heaton with the Football League to enable them to play against Sheffield United in their Championship opener on Sunday.

Although Koumas will not play as he is not yet match fit after recovering from a knee injury.

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Koumas enjoyed an impressive loan spell with Cardiff during the 2005/06 season, scoring 13 goals in 44 starts, winning the club's Player of the Year award and being honoured in the Championship's PFA team of the season.

Now the mercurial former Welsh international midfielder has returned to Cardiff five years on in a desperate bid to revive his stuttering career

"It is great to be back, it has been a long time," Koumas told BBC Sport.

"It is funny as I always felt I would come back.

"I told Wigan that this is the only place that I wanted to come to, I told them to do the deal and thankfully they did and luckily Cardiff were able to do the deal.

"It is funny as I always though I would come back. It has been a difficult 12 months for me at Wigan, I knew it was time for me to go as I needed a fresh start. Now, all of a sudden, I feel fresh.

"I've spoken to Dave quite a lot, especially over the last couple of weeks, and I have no fears about what is going on at the club. Once the embargo is off, you'll see changes at the place and the club will get stronger."

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones hails new signing Jason Koumas' quality

Koumas' natural football talent and playmaking ability is well-know but the 30-year-old has a reputation of being temperamental and luxury player that struggles with consistency.

But his previous season at Cardiff was one of the best of his career and he acknowledges Dave Jones' man-management and freedom to let him play as the reason why he enjoys working with the experienced Cardiff boss.

"I had a great time at Cardiff the last time I was here," remembered Koumas.

"I have a great relationship with Dave, as everyone knows, and he is the reason I came back. Dave lets me play, he gives me a freedom, puts no pressure on me and I enjoy day-to-day working with him."

Koumas made just six starts for Roberto Martinez's team last season before falling out of favour with the Wigan boss.

His season was curtailed in February when he suffered a muscle tear in his knee - but he is now recovering with Cardiff's physios and hopes to be available for their visit to Derby on Saturday.

And Koumas believes with last season's Championship top-scorer Peter Whittingham, strike-duo Michael Chopra and Jay Bothroyd and winger Chris Burke the Bluebirds have the clinical edge to go one better than the play-off final this season.

"A big reason why I came back is the great challenge ahead of us as I really feel we can succeed and win promotion to the Premier League," said Koumas.


"I want to be back in the Premier League and I firmly believe we can do it this season.

"But I don't think I have a point to prove, I was part of squad rotation last year and that is tough. I found it difficult getting rhythm and I couldn't handle that again this year and I just want to play regularly."

Koumas is an enigmatic player but if Jones can inspire him to perform to the best of his ability, then he has the potential to be a star in the Championship this season.

But however well he performs, Koumas insists he will not do a U-turn on his decision to retire for the Welsh national team.

He often frustrated Wales boss John Toshack and quit international football aged just 29 last year after winning just 34 caps in eight years.

And Koumas said: "That does still hold.

"My one aim is to get fit and play well for Cardiff and I haven't thought about playing again for Wales.

"I retired for a reason and that was to concentrate on my club football and I will be doing that now."

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Cardiff City 1-1 Sheffield United
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Cardiff hit with transfer embargo
06 Jul 10 |  Cardiff
Wigan prepared to loan out Koumas
16 Feb 10 |  Wigan
Koumas announces Wales retirement
06 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Martinez hails 'magician' Koumas
13 Aug 09 |  Internationals
Wigan complete signing of Koumas
10 Jul 07 |  Wigan
Koumas hopeful on Bluebirds move
06 Aug 06 |  Cardiff
Cardiff criticise Baggies' stance
18 Jul 06 |  Cardiff
Koumas disciplined by West Brom
14 Jul 06 |  West Brom
Koumas seals Cardiff loan switch
27 Jul 05 |  Cardiff
Koumas wins West Brom award
29 Apr 03 |  West Brom
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