Whittingham signs new Cardiff deal; Squad taking shape for Championship success

Whittingham will remain an integral part of the Bluebirds plans to get back into the Premier League.

Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2017.

Whittingham has been at the Bluebirds since arriving from Aston Villa back in 2007, and has signed a deal that will see him reach a decade long milestone with the club.

The 29-year-old has been a fan favourite in the Welsh capital for a number of years, and was always regarded as one of the strongest players competing in the Championship.

Last season saw Whittingham’s appearances reduced following signings such as Gary Medel, but he still made solid contributions when called upon in the Premier League. The club’s return to the second-tier will likely see the midfielder thrust back into the limelight as one of Cardiff’s key player’s.

Whittingham has scored 78 times in 330 appearances for the Bluebirds over the years, and his new deal ensures Cardiff now possess a host of Championship-tailored players to help get them back to the top-flight.

Summer signings Javi Guerra, Federico Macheda and Adam Le Fondre will represent a strong list of attacking options for manage Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as Guido Burgstaller and Kagisho Dikgacoi add depth to their midfield.

David Marshall, Gary Medel, Steven Caulker and Fraizer Campbell have all been tipped to leave the Cardiff City Stadium, with the latter three all thought to be in negotiations with either Premier League or European clubs.

Regardless of the big names Cardiff could lose ahead of the new season, manager Solskjaer has undoubtedly picked well in his pursuit of a squad capable of handling a 46-game season.

The Bluebirds are currently favourites for Championship success this campaign, with Whittingham’s deal only aiding their cause for an immediate return to the Premier League.

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