Ledley considers new Cardiff deal

28 August 2009 08:08
Wales captain Joe Ledley admits he is finally in negotiations to sign a new contract with Cardiff City.The 22-year-old midfielder had hinted he would see out his current deal, which would allow him to leave as a free agent at the end of this season. But Ledley has now said that, if the terms are right, then he will commit himself to the Championship leaders. "Hopefully we'll try and sort something out in the next couple of days or weeks," Ledley told BBC Sport Wales. "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." Cardiff fan Ledley, who has been with his home-town club since the age of nine, has always made it clear that his ambition is to play in the Premier League. A late bid from a top-flight club before the transfer window closes on Tuesday could still see Ledley depart the Cardiff City Stadium with Everton, Stoke City, West Ham United and Hull City all apparent admirers. But if no acceptable bids come in for him - with Cardiff valuing the player at an estimated £6m - then Ledley and Cardiff may swiftly thrash out a new contract. "When it's over [the transfer window] and done with then the questions will be finished from there, if I'm still here then I'll keep playing for Cardiff City and keep doing what I'm doing," Ledley added. "It's down to other clubs if they want to put a bid in then it's down to them. "But I'm at Cardiff at the moment and you know we're doing well and I'm concentrating for playing for Cardiff. "The club's 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 Premiership without a doubt and hopefully we can achieve that this season." Cardiff have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, sitting top of the Championship with 10 points from four games. The Welsh club have also won through to the third round of the Carling Cup, where Saturday's draw could pit them against a Premier League big gun. Cardiff manager Dave Jones revealed earlier this month that there was a new deal on the table for Ledley, which included a get-out clause should another club come in for him. "We've offered him a contract with a get-out clause if someone comes in for him," Jones said at the time. "We've never stood in anyone's way - look at Roger Johnson [who moved to Birmingham City in a £5m deal]. At the end of the day Joe is losing money." "We've never stood in anyone's way. Roger Johnson signed a contract, then a couple of months later Birmingham gave us a figure and he goes." Ledley was named alongside Johnson in the Professional Footballers Association's Championship team of the year last season.

Source: BBC_Sport