Thanks to a simple throwaway line at the end of last season from Alan Pardew, there has been a lingering suggestion that Cardiff City may look to take Joe Ledley back to Wales in the not too distant future, but when speaking to the press whilst away with Wales yesterday, the man himself moved to quash any speculation.
Often seen as something of an afterthought for many in media, Ledley’s influence on the Palace side cannot be overstated, with the simplicity of his game allowing the counter-attacking elements of our play take effect at the drop of a hat.
For a man who is so keen to fade into the background for the sake of the team, the recent talk of a possible move won’t have been sitting well with him, as the comments below demonstrate.
“I saw the rumours but it’s not something me or my agent have heard and at the moment I’m a Palace player and hopefully I’m there next season,”
“I’m playing in a great league in the Premier League and that’s where I want to be. “I have two more years on my contract, we’ve just come off a fantastic season last year, I’m there and I’m dedicated to Palace.”
Many wondered why Ledley was so keen to give us Champions League football with Celtic for the chance to join Palace at the start of 2014, but for most footballers, the lure of regular Premier League football will often outweigh a number of other contributing factors.
Whilst a move back to Cardiff may be something Joe would readily consider in the latter stages of his career, his mind is rightly focussed on helping Crystal Palace to kick on to the next level in the years to come, leaving no one in any doubt about where his immediate future lies.