Tonight's Cardiff City news as star pens heartfelt goodbye and defender lined up for Turkey move

-Credit: (Image: Magi Haroun/Huw Evans Agency)
-Credit: (Image: Magi Haroun/Huw Evans Agency)

Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Monday, June 10.

Sawyers: It's been a pleasure

Romaine Sawyers has penned a classy message to Bluebirds fans after it was confirmed he would leave the club this summer.

Sawyers was signed two years ago and enjoyed a central role in the team under Steve Morison and Sabri Lamouchi, however when Erol Bulut arrived his game-time greatly reduced.

Nevertheless, you would struggle to find anyone who had a bad word to say about the midfielder, 32, who has been credited with helping the youngsters progress into the first team this season.

While it has not really happened for the former West Brom man in the Welsh capital, he leaves having endeared himself to supporters during his two-year stint with the club.

Writing on social media, Sawyers said: “What a pleasure it was sharing the dressing room and the pitch with this group of players over the last two seasons! All the best in the future Bluebirds it was an honour to represent you guys.”

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Academy player leaves after 17 years

And it's not just the first-team stars who are leaving the club, with a cohort of academy players also departing this summer.

One such player is midfielder Ryan Kavanagh, someone who has been a regular fixture at age-grade level for a number of years.

The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at non-league Truro City but, upon the end of his contract, it was announced he would seek pastures new.

Having been at the club since he was a small boy, Kavanagh wrote a heartfelt message on social media, saying: "Unfortunately my time at Cardiff City is over after 17 years, ever since I was a little five-year-old boy who fell in love with the game.

"I want to thank everyone who helped me along the way from players to every staff member who played their part. The journey continues."

The likes of Isaak Davies, Cian Ashford, Kieron Evans, Ollie Tanner, Joel Bagan, Eli King and Tom Sang all offered their support on the social media post.

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Kipre lined up by Trabzonspor on a free

There will be thousands of Cardiff fans who would want the club to re-sign Cedric Kipre.

Indeed, the centre-back, 27, scored arguably one of the most important goals in the club's recent history when he smashed home the winner at Rotherham United to maintain the club's Championship status.

And Kipre, who was one of the standout performers for West Brom last season, is out of contract this summer, sparking a scramble for his signature. Sign up to our Cardiff City newsletter here.

However, according to Turkish outfit Sabah, Trabzonspor have already begun talks with the Ivory Coast international. West Brom announced their retained list recently and confirmed they had offered Kipre a new deal, however it looks as though his future may lie elsewhere.

Cardiff fans would love it if the club could tempt him back to the Welsh capital, no doubt, but Turkey seems to be calling for the Baggies' 2023/24 player of the year.