Here are the Cardiff City headlines for Thursday 5 May.
Rotherham boss on Will Vaulks signing
Paul Warne would love the opportunity to sign Will Vaulks from Cardiff City, but remains realistic about the player’s potential salary demands after his contract in the Welsh capital runs out.
The Wales international has been a consistent performer, all things considered, since joining the Bluebirds in 2019, but his contract is set to expire at the end of next month as things stand.
That begs the question of where his next club could be. His old team Rotherham, of course, have just sealed a return to the Championship, rising from League One as champions, and Warne is no doubt already considering putting together a side that can sustain a campaign in the second tier next term.
It’s no surprise that Vaulks is a player Warne likes. The midfielder captained the Millers during his time there and achieved great things with the club. Is it a refund of the cards? Well, if Vaulks is happy to take the salaries Rotherham is offering, then there’s no reason not to, according to Warne.
“Obviously I love Will, so if I could get close to Will’s salary demands, he would be a player that I would like,” the Millers manager told The Associated Press. yorkshire stall. “However, I don’t expect Will to sign this summer is probably my best response.
“I talked to him on the bus on the way home (after beating Gillingham last Saturday). I almost asked him to put the phone down and do the somersault, but we’d had a couple of beers so I thought it was funny at the time. . .
“I spoke to him, but it’s not like ‘Oh, what’s going on this summer’. I’ve spoken to him many times and he’s called for advice while he was in Cardiff, and I’ve given it to him.”
“I always talk to him and if I could get a Will Vaulks or a Semi Ajayi back, obviously I would, but there are limitations to what we can do.”
The 28-year-old played 137 times for the Yorkshire club, scoring 17 goals, before joining Cardiff in 2019.
Healey eager to face Messi and Neymar
Former Cardiff City striker Rhys Healey now has Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in his sights after helping Toulouse secure promotion to Ligue 1.
Healey scored 20 goals for the French club, the most of anyone in Ligue 2, as he guided them to promotion after two years in the second tier.
It has been a meteoric rise for the 27-year-old, who was released by Cardiff in 2019 after six years with the club. After a prolific season for MK Dons, he was signed by Toulouse and the rest, as they say, is history. A reunion with PSG is on the cards for him next year.
“The possibility of facing great players like Messi was so far away when I was a child and now it is so close,” he said. Sun.
“I played with these players in FIFA and now I could have the chance to be on the same pitch with them and play in places like the Parc des Princes and Marseille. Is incredible.
“It was great to get promoted on Monday. I can’t explain it, to be honest. The beers were flowing, there was dancing and singing. Also, there was a lot of relief because we lost in the play-off final a year ago.”
It’s been quite a journey for Healey, who was signed by the Bluebirds from Welsh club Connah’s Quay Nomads nine years ago. Many loans away from the club occurred, although he did appear three times in the Premier League during his final campaign with the club.
But Healey scored 19 league goals in 36 games for MK Dons, attracting the eyes of Toulouse, whom he joined in the summer of 2020 for £1m. The striker is under no illusions that he made the decision to join MK Dons, who were then managed by now Swansea City boss Russell Martin.
“The movement came out of nowhere,” he added. “I was a bit scared at the time because he didn’t know much about French football and Toulouse.
“I made the right decision. It’s a beautiful city, a great city. When I joined it was difficult with the Covid situation and it’s great to have played now in a full stadium. The language has been difficult but I understand more than I speak. I received some nice messages from England including my old manager at MK Dons Russell Martin who is a great man-manager MK was definitely the springboard for me.”
Purse: Waiting for the next season
Darren Purse is looking forward to the start of next season with the Under-23s, having to struggle through the final months of the campaign with an extremely young squad.
The Under-23s ended their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday thanks to goals from James Crole and Cian Ashford, but it has been a difficult few months for the young Bluebirds.
Key players such as Isaak Davies, Chanka Zimba and Kieron Evans were dropped from the under-23s and put into the first team or loaned out elsewhere, while younger players were tasked with stepping in to fill the considerable gaps that remained.
And while that caused a big drop in results (Cardiff finished third in the Pro Development League 2 table when leading for most of the campaign), Purse said it’s about developing the younger players, who will be more prepared for the challenge. next season.
“It was good to finish the season with a couple of wins,” Purse said. “I’m not going to say it’s been hard work, but you look at the team we’ve had in the second half of the season and it bodes well for the future, because you have under-18s playing.” I have players like James Crole and Tom Davies who have played basically every minute I’ve been here and are still sophomores.
“From that point of view, I’m really looking forward to the next season. I’m delighted to win the matches in the last few weeks. The performance could have been better. When we pressed well and our energy levels went up, we looked like a good side. .
“I really enjoyed the six months. It’s been a steep learning curve for me and the same goes for those guys. A lot of them haven’t played much under-18 football because they’ve been with the 23. They make mistakes but they’ll learn from them. .
“There’s a lot to work on, I’m looking forward to next season. It’s good to have a little break now and see what pre-season brings.”