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Defender talks openly about upcoming Elland Road return

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Sol Bamba admits he is looking forward to returning to Elland Road this weekend when his Cardiff City side face Leeds United, but admits he will not be giving his former side any help in their race for the Play-Offs, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Former Leeds captain, Bamba, returns to Eland Road for the first time since his departure in the summer, where he will be lining up for Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds.

Bamba made over 50 appearances for the Whites during an 18-month stay with the club and largely proved to be a rather popular figure.

Speaking to the YEP about his return to Leeds, Bamba said: “It’ll be nice to be back but you switch all that off as soon as you get focused on the game, It’ll be tough for us because they’re excellent at home but will try to make it difficult for them too.”

Warnock swooped to sign the free agent shortly after his appointment in the Welsh capital, and the former Hibernian ace has been key in the Bluebirds’ recent form, which has seen them rise away from the relegation zone.

Cardiff now sit 17th in the Sky Bet Championship, eight points clear of the bottom three, while their opponents at the weekend sit fifth, and are looking for a first return to the Premier League since 2004.

Garry Monk’s side are seven points behind the automatic promotion places and are looking to cement their place in the top six.

After a tough start to the season, a chance at promotion this season seemed impossible, but Monk and his squad have turned things around since the start of September, something that coincided with Bamba’s departure from the club.

The Ivorian continued: “I’d be lying if I told you I thought they’d get promoted this season.

“I’d be happy as anyone if Leeds got into the play-offs.”

Cardiff and Leeds face off at Elland Road this weekend where both sides will be looking to put last weekend’s disappointing results behind them.

Warnock’s side lost 1-0 to play-off chasing Norwich City, while Leeds lost an ill-tempered West Yorkshire Derby against Huddersfield Town.


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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