Former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt will decline the chance to return to the Premier League with newly-promoted Cardiff City, the
Malky Mackay’s side wrapped up promotion with games to spare and sealed the Championship title with a 1-1 draw with Burnley last weekend ahead of making their first top flight appearance in more than 50 years.
One of Kuyt’s former Liverpool teammates, Craig Bellamy, has been instrumental in the Welsh side’s promotion and Mackay was interested in pairing the old colleagues as he plots to keep Cardiff in the top tier next season.
Kuyt left Anfield last summer, moving to Turkish side Fenerbahce, having spent six years on Merseyside. He played for the Istanbul side in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final against Benfica, hitting the woodwork as Fener claimed a first-leg lead through Egemen Korkmaz. The 32-year-old is understood to be content with life in Turkey and not seeking a return to English football.
A Netherlands international, Kuyt scored 51 league goals for the Reds, and netted against Cardiff in the 2012 League Cup final, a match Liverpool won on penalties. Kuyt put Liverpool in front in extra-time, only for Cardiff to equalise, but Kuyt later scored in the shootout to take the trophy to Merseyside.
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