Tonight's Cardiff City news as Bluebirds 'hold the aces' in transfer scramble and Colwill's spark back after 'hard time'

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Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Thursday, June 6.

Colwill reveals spark that reignited him after 'hard time'

Cardiff playmaker Rubin Colwill believes last season was his best yet and dropping down to Wales' under-21s side helped him get over a difficult period and allow him to play with a smile on his face again.

Colwill has rightly earned a call-up to the senior Wales national team in the last two camps and will hope to get some game-time over the coming week.

It comes after a season which started in less-than-ideal fashion, with manager Erol Bulut refusing to start both him and Callum Robinson until they improved their work off the ball.

He dropped back down to Wales' under-21s and it was the best thing for him, he says, because he was struggling for games at club level and he wanted to get the smile back on his face.

"It was huge," he told Sgorio of the importance of dropping down to the U21s and flourishing. "It was a hard time for me with Cardiff and also with Wales.

"I wasn't playing much and I think it was the best thing I could do. I played a lot of games, got a lot of confidence and really enjoyed. The boys are great, the staff are all great and I started to enjoy my football again. So, it was really important for me and I think it's helped me a lot this season."

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Colwill then really kicked up a gear and started to work harder off the ball and continued to show his class on it, too. Despite scoring just three goals last term, many Bluebirds supporters will agree it's consistently as good as they have seen the 22-year-old play in his fledgling career.

“It’s probably been the best season of my career so far,” he added. “I’ve played in a lot of games and I feel I’ve improved.

“I’m really enjoying my football at the moment. You get a lot of ups and downs while playing football – everyone does.

“Things seem to go better when you’re enjoying your football. I try to play with a smile on my face.”

The midfielder, who has been the subject of transfer interest from Premier League clubs, will hope to continue his fine form for the Bluebirds next term if he remains in the Welsh capital.

Derby County hero: Cardiff hold all the aces in Ebou chase

Derby County hero Malcolm Christie believes Cardiff "hold all the aces" in the Rams' pursuit of Ebou Adams and revealed he has spoken with the midfielder himself over his love of the Pride Park club.

Adams was adored by Derby fans last year, winning their goal of the season award as he helped them reach the Championship. And it's not a surprise that Paul Warne wants him back at the club next season.

Cardiff have a decision to make with regards to the Gambia international. They have Manolis Siopis, Joe Ralls, Ryan Wintle, Eli King and Andy Rinomhota currently in that position and it looks unlikely Adams will get a heap of game time.

And Christie believes a number of clubs will be after his signature, given his current situation and how well he performed in League One last term, and it's up to Cardiff how they want to play it.

"That's a real difficult one," he told DerbyshireLive. "He is under contract there and he's put himself massively the shop window hasn't he? That's just how football works.

"I'm sure there will be potential other suitors there but we know how much he enjoyed his time at Derby. Speaking to him at first hand, he loved it and he's a really nice guy with an infectious personality. He gave it his all in every single game when at the start there was a question mark over his fitness.

"But he was really match fit by the end and he was a key and integral part of that midfield. The club needed a ball winner in there, somebody who put himself about that that could do the hard yards and the dirty work. He did that and nearly won man of the match in every game he played. He contributed that vital goal against Blackpool so yes he was a very important player.

"But it's a difficult one not to get too immersed with and say he's an absolute 100 per cent must sign because what does that equate to if you're going there? How desperate are the club to sign him? There will be some money floating about, but do you want to put all your eggs in that type of Adams basket when we need a centre forward.

"But midfield is a real key position. You look at the spine of the team and Adams would tick that box of your holding midfielder. The fans love him and every day you're looking at it thinking could something happen.

"Cardiff might look and say he's done really well there, they might even be looking at him for their own team. I just think Cardiff hold all the aces with that deal."

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Cardiff among clubs battling with EFL over spending rules

Cardiff are one of six clubs reportedly "leading the charge" against the EFL to ease rest restrictions on spending.

The Bluebirds were hit last year in both transfer windows. The first was a partial transfer embargo in which they were not allowed to pay fees for players and the second was in January when the EFL appeared to alter their profit and sustainability headroom, meaning they had to rip up their transfer plans and start afresh in the final three days of the window.

Cardiff have backed Erol Bulut with a two-year deal and have already stated that transfer targets have been drawn up, while owner Vincent Tan has pledged his full support to the manager. Whether that transpires in terms of cash spent in the window remains to be seen, with both Tan's pockets and the EFL's regulations having a say on the matter.

But Cardiff, along with Leeds, Hull City, Stoke, West Brom and rivals Swansea, are challenging the EFL ahead of a crunch meeting with the governing body on tomorrow.

According to The Telegraph, tension is growing between clubs in the league over the future of financial controls, which are in place to help clubs fall into financial ruin. Sign up to our Cardiff City newsletter here.

But the aforementioned six are among some of the clubs wanting spending restrictions to be eased amid anger over the Premier League's failure to agree a 'New Deal' with the EFL.

One of the proposals allegedly being discussed is for the EFL to introduce a similar model to UEFA, which saw them implement a 70 percent squad ratio rule. In essence, it means clubs can spend 70 percent of their revenue of wages, transfers and agents' fees. Other alternatives will be discussed, though.