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Cardiff City star Rubin Colwill emerges as transfer target for ‘many Premier League clubs’

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A number of Premier League clubs are targeting Rubin Colwill this summer, according to Cardiff City boss Erol Bulut.

The Bluebirds playmaker, 22, has arguably had his best season in a Bluebirds shirt, despite not having the goals to show for it. And his progress under Bulut has been impressive.

At the start of the season, Bulut refused to start the Wales international because he demanded more off the ball and more calmness when in possession. Gradually, though, Bulut grew to trust him and he became a central figure in Cardiff’s team.

 

His form saw him return to the Wales squad for the Euro 2024 qualifier play-offs and, Bulut says, it has seen top-flight clubs register an interest in him ahead of the summer transfer window.

“When I saw Rubin in pre-season, how he was on the field and where he is right now, I think there’s a big step. A big, big step,” Bulut said of the Cardiff academy product.

“Now he’s the target of many Premier League clubs. I didn’t say that we would let him leave! I just said he was a target of many Premier League clubs.

“It doesn’t surprise me because I knew at the start of the season that he can be much better. He worked hard on it, he listened to us and I still believe he can do much more.

“He is running everywhere, he wants to make everything happen. Sometimes you have to handle that better and he will then look much, much better and he will be at that level and then we cannot hold him to be here.”

 

Clearly, someone with Colwill’s ceiling would command a high, multi-million-pound fee. Cardiff would be loath to let him leave, but at this level, every player has a price tag.

Given Saturday is the last game of the season, if a big bid was tabled and Colwill left, he would have already played his last game, because the attacker looks unlikely to be available for the trip to Yorkshire.

“I think he will not be with us (at Rotherham),” Bulut said. “He was training yesterday individually but I don’t want to risk him for one game. He has a hamstring problem so I don’t want to use him for 45 minutes and then he gets injured. If somebody is at risk, they will not be with us.”

 

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