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Cardiff in talks over player exit

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Cardiff City’s Bruno Ecuele Manga could be set to leave the club this summer, according to WalesOnline.

French side Guingamp are in talks with the defender over a £3m deal and, with the Bluebirds turning their attention on Middlesbrough’s Aden Flint, it seems likely he will depart.

Manga had joined the Bluebirds on their pre-season tour of North America, but has now returned in order to strike up a deal and agree personal terms with the Ligue 2 club.

The 30-year-old began his career in France and turned out for Bordeaux, SCO Angers and Lorient before signing for Cardiff in 2015.

He was often used as a back-up player in South Wales prior to the arrival of Neil Warnock, but he has been a key fixture in the Cardiff backline over the last two years, and didn’t miss a Premier League match last season.

The Gabon international only has a year left to run on his contract and that may have prompted Cardiff to sell now, rather than risk losing him on a free.

The Verdict

Manga has been a good servant for the club and many fans will no doubt be sorry to see him depart.

However, Cardiff have been quick to react to the development and have lined up a very good replacement in Aden Flint, who should work well alongside Sean Morrison.

A fee of £3m would be great value for a 30-year-old entering the final year of his contract, and if he is keen to leave then it is a good move all-round.

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