Tonight's Cardiff City news as 'exceptional' duo tipped for big things and 'no alarms raised' over Ramsey

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Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Wednesday, May 29.

Purse: Joel Colwill and Ashford are 'exceptional'

Under-21s boss Darren Purse believes "exceptional" young duo Joel Colwill and Cian Ashford will go on to have "great careers".

They are two names which will be familiar to supporters who closely follow the club's youth ranks, with both of them having been tipped for big things for a few years now.

And this most recent season, Erol Bulut finally afforded them the chance to step up and show what they could do and they each took to senior football rather naturally – the high point being when Ashford netted a late winner against Southampton, of course.

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And, speaking to the BBC, Purse said: “Cian Ashford and Joel Colwill will hopefully go and have great careers. I think they are exceptional young footballers.

“If people want to slate me on social media about results, I will take it on the chin all day long because my job is to get the boys that have come through into the first team in the last few weeks of the season.”

He added: “My job as under-21 coach and manager at Cardiff City is not to win football matches, my job is to get the next Cian Ashford and the next Joel Colwill through to the first team.

“I looked at my first game when I walked in the building, I had four first-team scholars start our game. And they were four we actually released at the end of the season. It's been a real transition over the last two years.

“What we have done with the likes of Cian Ashford, Luey Giles, Dylan Lawlor and players like that is give them a platform in the under-21s to go and perform.”

Colwill in but Ramsey out of Wales squad

Rubin Colwill has been named in Wales' squad for the two friendlies against Gibraltar and Slovakia next month, however captain Aaron Ramsey is omitted.

Colwill enjoyed a solid season for the Bluebirds, producing a number of consistently eye-catching displays, even if he didn't quite have the numbers to show for it. Sign up to our Cardiff City newsletter here.

Ramsey, however, endured an injury-hit campaign back at his boyhood club and it always looked likely that he wouldn't be risked for these two friendly matches. Instead, Rob Page would prefer him to have a good pre-season and for him to be fit and firing for the Bluebirds next term.

Former Cardiff academy product Charlie Crew was also selected for the senior setup for the first time. The central midfielder has really impressed up at Leeds United since moving there from the Welsh capital in the summer of 2022.

Elsewhere, Callum O'Dowda has been called up by the Republic of Ireland for their international window, while Manolis Siopis is already training with the Greek national team.

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Ramsey backed to hit ground running

Wales boss Rob Page says there are a "no alarms" when it comes to the future of Aaron Ramsey in a Wales shirt, but believes the midfielder should concentrate on his fitness this summer.

Ramsey was omitted from the squad for the Gibraltar-Slovakia double header amid uncertainty surrounding his international future. However, Page has said the 33-year-old will be picked when fit and ready.

“Aaron wants to use this opportunity to get himself in a position, from a fitness perspective, to have a full pre-season,” Page said.

“He wants to take charge of his own rehabilitation and fitness and hit the ground running next season domestically. I completely agree with it. It makes complete sense instead of coming away and pushing himself to play minutes in two friendlies.

“It’s more important for him to get his body in a position where he can be a bit more robust and sustain what’s going to be needed in pre-season.

“There’s no alarms raised for me whatsoever. He’s still passionate about playing football as much as he was five or 10 years ago. He loves the game, he lives for it, no questions about that. He’s given himself the best opportunity to keep playing.”

He added: “We are going to need to see how he gets on in pre-season, from a fitness point of view.

“He struggled with his fitness last year, and both myself and Aaron were frustrated with that. We didn’t have him fighting fit in March for the play-offs. If he’s fit, doing well, and playing two games a week that we would like him to, then he’ll be selected.”

Meanwhile, Chris Gunter has also backed his old friend and fellow Bluebirds academy graduate to hit the ground running next season after a frustrating campaign back at Cardiff City Stadium.

Ramsey started like a house on fire when he first came back, but injuries piled up and game time was reduced to virtually nothing by the end of the campaign, which was a disappointment for all concerned. However, Gunter believes the playmaker can rise up to his old levels next season with some hard work on the training ground this summer under his belt.

“I have been lucky enough to play with and watch Aaron for 15 years or so now, so I know that when he is fit and available he is one of the top players we have,” Gunter said.

“Hopefully Aaron can have a bit of time off over the summer, spend some time with his family and then come back in pre-season for Cardiff and hit the floor running.

“The type of person Aaron is, he is one of the most determined and professional players I have known. Whatever he wants to do, normally he goes out and does it and I don’t see it being any different for a good few years yet.”

Star pens emotional message

Isaak Davies has penned a heartfelt message to KV Kortrijk and their fans after a season in which he helped to keep them in the Belgian top flight.

Davies was instrumental in KVK maintaining their Pro League status, winning the club's top scorer award and even the player of the year gong, too, after netting 12 times for the West Flanders side.

Some might think it harsh he wasn't in Rob Page's thoughts for the Wales squad he announced today, which you can see here, however should Davies back up his efforts from last season with Cardiff next season, he will likely be very much on that radar.

"Job done!" he wrote on social media after the euphoric play-off win against Lommel. "And what a journey it’s been. Personally and as a team we have faced so many challenges this season but we kept fighting, kept believing and to finally achieve our goal of keeping Kortrijk in the division is a really great moment and something I’m proud of.

"I would like to thank the players, the staff and the amazing fans for all the love and support shown to me. You welcomed me with open arms and I leave with memories that will last a lifetime. To finish the season as top scorer and win the player of the season award feels amazing but I couldn’t have done this without the help of my team-mates and the love and support of my family. For that I am very grateful.

"I’ve loved every minute of my time at Kortrijk and I wish you Kerels all the best going forward in the 1st division where the club belongs."