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Ridsdale insists Ledley will stay

Joe Ledley
Ledley is one of the most talked-about players outside the top-flight

Chairman Peter Ridsdale insists Wales international Joe Ledley will not leave Cardiff City this summer.

City's 21-year-old midfield talisman, who inspired his home-town club to the FA Cup final, is being tracked by a host of Premier League clubs.

But Ridsdale said: "People keep saying: 'What about Joe Ledley?' and he keeps on playing for Cardiff City.

"As far as I'm concerned Joe will be our player when we kick off the season on 9 August."

The 4m-rated Ledley has been linked with top-flight moves to Everton and Fulham as it was expected he would follow fellow Cardiff academy graduate Aaron Ramsey to the Premier League.

606: DEBATE

But Ridsdale is confident the Welsh club's crown jewel will remain at Ninian Park.

The Cardiff-born player excelled last season, scoring 11 goals in 44 games, and it was his man-of-the-match performance and winning goal in the semi-finals against Barnsley that earned the Bluebirds an FA Cup final date with Portsmouth.

Ridsdale admits Championship club Cardiff must "sell one player every season to survive" due to their low average attendances.

But Cardiff have already banked 7m this year as Ramsey left for Arsenal and Chris Gunter signed for Tottenham Hotspur in January in a 2m deal.

Ridsdale's priority is keeping Ledley at Ninian Park but the chairman has also promised Bluebirds fans the club will bring in new signings this summer.

He said: "I'm absolutely confident there'll be new faces at the club, but probably not the ones people expect."


see also
Ramsey completes Arsenal switch
13 Jun 08 |  Arsenal
Ledley claims FA Cup semi award
15 Apr 08 |  FA Cup
Ledley chosen for January award
05 Feb 08 |  Cardiff
Ledley extends Cardiff contract
02 Oct 07 |  Cardiff
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales


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