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Joe Ledley reveals his Cardiff City Premier dream

By Peter Shuttleworth

Joe Ledley
Joe Ledley has played for home-town club Cardiff City since the age of nine

Midfielder Joe Ledley has vowed to stay at Cardiff City if his home-town club win Premier League promotion.

The Wales international's current deal expires in the summer and has been in contract stalemate for the past season.

Ledley will play a key role as Cardiff bid for Championship play-off glory as his team have sealed a top-six spot.

And Ledley said: "I want to play for Cardiff in the Premier League. It would be a great achievement and to me and my family it is the greatest thing."

Dave Jones' fourth-placed team look set to play Leicester City in the play-off semi-final - unless the Bluebirds make up the two-point difference and leapfrog Nottingham Forest into third position and play either Blackpool or Swansea City.

The Welsh club, the 2008 FA Cup finalists, are bidding for their first top-flight promotion for 50 years.

Fans favourite Ledley's Cardiff future has been uncertain due to his contract impasse with the club he has supported since childhood.

Both parties have turned down contract suggestions and Cardiff boss Jones is right not to decide on his future until he knows in which division Cardiff will be in next season.

And Ledley told BBC Sport: "I'll wait for the end of the season before deciding my future.

To help Cardiff into the Premier League would be the greatest achievement of my life

Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ledley

"Especially now as I want to concentrate on football and don't want to think about my contract. I just want to get Cardiff out of the Championship.

"But to help Cardiff into the Premier League would be the greatest achievement of my life.

"To play in Premier League as it is the greatest standard anyone can achieve and the fans couldn't ask for anymore.

"We have a great stadium, great training facilities and to get Premier League status, the fans would be buzzing to see the likes of Steven Gerrard, Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney at Cardiff week in week out.

"Hopefully us players can achieve that.

"And I will hopefully stay if Cardiff win promotion, but it is obviously not down to me but down to the chairman.

"If promotion happens then I'll be happy enough to see the chairman and sort something out."

The 23-year-old, who can leave Cardiff on a free transfer in the summer, has been linked to Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers as well as Premier League sides Stoke City, West Ham United, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ledley could sign a pre-contract agreement with another club but he insists there have been "no offers" as he focuses on Cardiff's push to the Premier League promised land.

"I'm contracted to Cardiff at the moment and I will work as hard as I can to achieve promotion," insists Ledley.


The 32-times capped Welshman, who last signed a three-year deal in 2007, has recently returned from a double hip operation and has made 250 appearances for the club that he signed for at the age of nine.

Ledley, whose winner against Barnsley at Wembley fired the Bluebirds into the 2008 FA Cup final, scored the crucial goal in a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers that earned Cardiff a coveted play-off spot.

But since Ledley's representatives last discussed their players' future with Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale, the club's huge debt to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has become public knowledge.

Cardiff have been given a 5 May deadline to pay their £1.9 tax bill or face being wound-up in the High Court.

Ledley, who could now sign a pre-contract agreement with a 'foreign' club, and his agent feel his wages should match his standing at the club as he is one of Jones' key players.

If Ledley moves to another English league side, Cardiff would receive compensation - albeit a minimal sum - under FA rules as the club developed him.

Ledley has always stated his desire to join former Bluebirds team-mates Aaron Ramsey, Cameron Jerome and Roger Johnson in the top-flight.

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Cardiff boss cool over home break
26 Apr 10 |  Cardiff
Ledley's contract stance backed
13 Apr 10 |  Cardiff
Cardiff given tax bill deadline
10 Mar 10 |  Cardiff
Ledley offers hope over contract
20 Jan 10 |  Cardiff
Ledley's season over in two weeks
15 Jan 10 |  Cardiff
Cardiff fear Ledley foreign move
08 Jan 10 |  Cardiff
Cardiff prepared for Ledley exit
31 Dec 09 |  Cardiff
Ledley hailed Cardiff's 'Gerrard'
28 Aug 09 |  Cardiff
Cardiff turn down bid for Ledley
25 Jan 09 |  Cardiff
Cardiff refuse Ledley Stoke talks
01 Sep 08 |  Cardiff
Ledley extends Cardiff contract
02 Oct 07 |  Cardiff

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