Ledley refuses to talk about future

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Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley has refused to reveal whether tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship play-off final will be his final appearance for the Bluebirds.

The 23-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has long been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League.

He could be playing there for his hometown club if Dave Jones' side see off Blackpool at Wembley tomorrow afternoon and Ledley admits that scenario would fulfil a lifelong ambition.

The Wales international said: "We've got to win first and that is all I am concentrating on.

"Whatever happens after that depends on the new chairman. I have got to talk to him now and we will see what he says.

"It's down to them to offer me a new deal and I want to play in the Premier League with Cardiff.

"I've not thought about this being my last game for the club. I will give it my all, hopefully I will still be here next season but if not then I have enjoyed every minute of my time here."

Ledley is a proud Cardiff fan and is amazed at the club's progress in recent years.

He scored in an FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley two years ago but promotion to the top flight would cap a remarkable climb through the leagues for the Welsh club since Ledley first took to the Ninian Park terraces in 1994.

He said: "It will be the biggest achievement of my life if we win. As a local boy getting Cardiff into the Premier League would mean so much.

"It will be massive for Cardiff and the whole of Wales.

"The club is ready now. The training ground and the stadium are brilliant so it is down to the players now.

"It's probably the biggest game in the club's history.

"The first game I remember was playing Manchester City at home in the FA Cup when Nathan Blake scored for us.

"I was hooked then, watched us in the fourth division and it is a remarkable achievement to come this far.

"I mean no disrespect to the players I grew up watching but we have come a long way. Reaching the Premier League certainly seemed unlikely then but we are 90 minutes away now."

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