Tonight's Cardiff City news as Sabri Lamouchi in job running and defender jets in

-Credit: (Image: Huw Evans Picture Agency)
-Credit: (Image: Huw Evans Picture Agency)


Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Tuesday, May 28.

Lamouchi in mix for new job

Former Cardiff manager Sabri Lamouchi is now in contention to take over at top French club Lille, according to reports in France.

Lamouchi was the last Bluebirds manager before Erol Bulut took over, he was released almost exactly a year ago after achieving his aim of keeping Cardiff in the Championship along with City fans' favourite Sol Bamba.

The former France international has been out of work since he left the Welsh capital, however it now looks as though he could be in the running to take over from Paulo Fonseca at Lille.

According to journalist Bertrand Latour on TV show La Chaine L'Equipe, he said: "[Club president Olivier] Létang is actively working.

"The name Lamouchi comes up quite a bit, I am informed. I was surprised. He had fired Lamouchi from Rennes before bringing in Julien Stéphan. There was a warming up between the two men and a finish is therefore possible. Note that another name emerged: Bruno Genesio”

As Latour alludes to, Létang was president of Rennes when Lamouchi was manager, before the ex-midfielder took over at Nottingham Forest.

Uncapped defender jets in

Cardiff's newest defender has touched down in the Welsh capital ahead of a summer of rehabilitation in the hope he hits the ground running next term.

Ryotaro Tsunoda was signed by the Bluebirds in January before he was immediately loaned out to Vincent Tan-owned KV Kortrijk in Belgium.

He started like a train, but then suffered a horrible ACL injury and had to undergo surgery, missing the crucial end-of-season games and relegation play-off ties.

It represented a big shame not only for the player but for Cardiff, whose eagle-eyed fans had been keeping tabs on him out in Kortrijk. Fellow Cardiff loanee Isaak Davies waxed lyrical about Tsunoda in an interview with WalesOnline, saying: "He has been brilliant. He is versatile. I have been speaking to him quite a bit because he has that quality to play the reverse passes in behind. We have a good connection, make a bit of eye contact and he's looking for the pass forward. He is really good on the ball and isn't afraid of a challenge! He is a good player.

"He is still learning to speak English, so I'm trying to help him with that. He is looking forward to it and he is happy to have signed (for Cardiff). He is a brilliant player. He looks forward constantly and can put that pass in to break defences, which sometimes you don't get from a defender."

Centre-back Tsunoda, who left Japanese club Yokohama F Marinos in January, posted a photo on social media to announce his arrival in the Welsh capital, with the view from his back garden overlooking Cardiff Bay.

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Trio touch down in Greece

Kion Etete, Andy Rinomhota and Sheyi Ojo have all flown to Mykonos to soak up the summer sun together.

It was a season of mixed fortunes for the Bluebirds trio. Rinomhota struggled for regular game time before he was loaned out to Rotherham United and ultimately relegated from the Championship with them.

Ojo was sent out to Kortrijk with Davies and Tsunoda, but scored just one goal and provided one assist in a pretty fruitless season, although he did help them avoid the drop. He is expected to leave Cardiff this summer.

Etete, meanwhile, didn't quite kick on from the promise he showed in the previous season and was also blighted by injuries. He did, however, still manage six goals in all competitions, with just three in the league.

All three will have interesting summers ahead when they return from the Greek island, that's for sure. Ojo will have to decide his next venture, while Etete could be a candidate for a loan exit if strikers are recruited. Rinomhota's role will also be discussed, whenever a decision is decided with regards to the manager.