Ledley attitude praised by Jones

15 September 2009 01:05
Cardiff manager Dave Jones has rejected Wales boss John Toshack's claims that Joe Ledley's contract extension talks are affecting his Cardiff City form. Toshack said "I don't think Joe has been at his best" with "this business hanging over his head as to whether he is going to stay" at the Bluebirds. Ledley is now considering a new four-year deal but the sticking point is the buy-out clause for potential suitors. Jones said: "It might affect other players but in Joe's case it hasn't." The Wales international midfielder has less than 12 months remaining on his current Cardiff contract and Bluebirds chairman Peter Ridsdale and Ledley's advisors are currently locked in renewal negotiations. The Championship club have put a £6m buy-out clause in Ledley's new and improved deal but Ledley's representatives want a £4m buy-out clause. Both Jones and Ledley himself, though, are hoping a compromise can be reached and his deal can be finalised. The 22-year-old has been the subject of consistent transfer speculation for the last few years as Cardiff have rejected bids from Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers before the Bluebirds turned down a £6m offer from Stoke City in 2008. Cardiff also rejected a £6m bid from an unnamed Premier League club last January but despite intense speculation, no club approached the Bluebirds for their prized asset this summer. Ledley can leave his home-town club on a free transfer next summer and Cardiff would receive a nominal fee set by a tribunal. Toshack claimed the uncertainty surrounding Ledley's future has affected his performances for club and country and insisted "the sooner that gets sorted it will be in the player's, Cardiff's and our best interest." But Jones hit back at Toshack's allegations and said: "I know John has said that - and that is his opinion. "Joe might not be playing as well as he can do for Wales but we certainly haven't seen that side of him and we never have in Joe and I wouldn't expect to see that side in him. "Joe is an honest boy, he works hard and he wants to play well for club and country. He doesn't get affected, he is not that kind of person as he has a stronger character than that. "He has left his contract to his advisors to sort. The only that it is affecting is his bank balance. It might affect other players but in Joe's case it hasn't. It is something you have to get on with. "I hope Joe gets its sorted because it would be nice for him to sign the contract." And Ledley himself insisted: "It is not affecting my game and I feel I'm playing just as good as I was last season. "I'm just concentrating on my football and hopefully it will be resolved as soon as possible and I'll stay and I'll be happy." Ledley was stripped of the Cardiff captaincy because of the uncertainty surrounding his long-term future. Any new deal would include a buy-out clause so if a Premier League club showed an official interest, Ledley would be allowed to talk to any prospective buyer. But Jones conceded that is one of the issues that must be resolved. He said: "They want a clause in it and we've offered them the clause but not at the price they want. "The clause will have to be at what we want and we will have to continue to try and go negotiate that to see if we can get something sorted. "But if somebody wants Joe, they will value him at the price they think not the price we set. We'll keep talking to Joe and try make it right and see where it leads us."

Source: BBC_Sport