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Ledley considers new Cardiff deal

Joe Ledley has been with his home-town club since the age of nine
Joe Ledley has been with his home-town club since the age of nine

Joe Ledley will now consider his new and improved Cardiff City contract after no club bid for the Wales international on transfer deadline day.

The current Wales captain was the subject of intense speculation that a Premier League club would make a bid for the £6m-rated midfielder.

Ledley, who has 12 months remaining on his current deal, has been offered a new four-year deal at Cardiff.

The 22-year-old will mull over his new terms while on international duty.

Bluebirds chairman Peter Ridsdale offered Ledley his new deal on Sunday before flying to Malaysia to continue investment talks with property magnate Dato Chan Tien Ghee.

Ledley and his agent David Baldwin are now ready to begin negotiations for the Cardiff's talisman to remain at his home-town club.

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Cardiff feared Ledley, who has attracted much Premier League interest, would leave at the end of this season on a free transfer when his contract expires.

The Welsh club would receive minimal compensation if Cardiff were to lose Ledley on a free transfer as they developed the player through their youth academy.

But Ridsdale now confidently predicts: "I certainly expect him to sign a new contract as there's a will on both sides now."

Premier League club Stoke City had a £6m bid rejected by Cardiff on the final day of last summer's transfer window and the Championship club also turned down another top-flight offer in the January transfer window.

Lifelong Bluebirds fan Ledley was naturally disappointed after losing the Cardiff captaincy due to the speculation and uncertainty surrounding his future.

Now Ledley, who last signed a two-year extension to his Cardiff deal in 2007, admits he is ready to finally secure his Bluebirds future should Cardiff not receive a bid for him before this transfer window closes on Tuesday afternoon.

"Hopefully we'll try and sort something out in the next couple of days or weeks," Ledley told BBC Sport.

"If the contract is good enough for me and what I think I deserve then, yeah, I'll sign it.

"So it's down to the club to put something in front of me and if it's good enough then I'll sign it."

Any new deal would include a buy-out clause of approximately £5m so if a Premier League club shows an official interest, Ledley would be allowed to talk to any prospective buyer.


Ridsdale hopes the discussions are concluded promptly but said: "It will be down to Joe and his advisors to tell me whether it is the kind of numbers they are are looking at.

"How long it will take? I don't know."

Stoke are the only team to have publically bid for Ledley recently - offering £6m on the final day of last summer's deadline day - while Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers are also tracking the 30-times capped Welshman.

Ledley said: "When it's over [the transfer window] then the questions will be finished. If I'm still here then I'll keep playing for Cardiff City and keep doing what I'm doing.

"It's down to other clubs if they want to put a bid in then it's down to them.

"The club is going forward, it's a great stadium and great training facilities, we're trying to do something on the pitch as well so things are looking good and in shape at the moment.

"It's every boy's dream to play in the Premier League and hopefully we can achieve that this season."

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