Cardiff should sign Everton’s Neville claims Ricketts

Welsh international Sam Ricketts says that Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay should target outgoing Everton defender Phil Neville as his first Premier League signing, according to Wales Online.

The former Manchester United defender will be leaving Goodison Park after eight seasons but, at 36, is still looking for a fresh challenge in his career which Ricketts believes should make him an attractive proposition for Mackay.

“Ideally I would like to see Cardiff sign someone like Neville. Put a player of his experience into the mix, throw in Craig Bellamy and one or two others, and Cardiff will be fine.”

Mackay’s much-publicised spending pot handed to him by Malaysian owner Vincent Tan which has resulted in the club being linked with several players already, including former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou. However, Ricketts firmly believes the Welsh club should refrain from making wholesale changes to the squad ahead of the new season.

“I’ve read reports about the whole Cardiff team needing strengthening, but I don’t believe that. Look at QPR. They have spent a phenomenal amount of money, yet they are struggling and look like going down.”

“Cardiff have to make sure they protect the team spirit which got them promoted in the first place.”

Cardiff will face Rickett’s Bolton side tomorrow at the Cardfiff City Stadium ahead of receiving the Championship trophy in front of their home fans before ending their time in the Championship with a visit to the KC Stadium to face Hull.

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