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Cardiff City sign Guido Burgstaller

Cardiff City have competed a deal to bring Austrian midfielder Guido Burgstaller to the City Stadium for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old becomes the second of manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer's summer signings following completion of a deal for Spanish forward Javi Guerra earlier this week.

Burgstaller in a World Cup qualifying game Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive

Austrian international Burgstaller has signed a three-year-deal with Cardiff from Austrian side Rapid Vienna after helping the Austrian Bundesliga side to second place in the table last season scoring 12 goals in 35 appearances.

Commenting on the deal Burgstaller said: “My decision to join Cardiff City was never in question when the club first contacted me, it has always been a dream for me to play in this country.

“I’ve followed Cardiff in the Premier League last season and I’m very proud and honoured to be given the chance to wear the Cardiff City jersey. I’m a big admirer of the passion of the fans here.”

Craig Bellamy announces retirement from football

Cardiff City and Wales star Craig Bellamy has announced his retirement as a player.

Bellamy won 78 caps for Wales Credit: PA

He told Wales Online: "My body couldn’t take it any more"

“I guess over the years I’ve become accustomed to the pain from various injuries, but for the last three to four years I’ve been on anti-inflammatories every day."

Bellamy said he considered his appearance at home against Chelsea two weeks ago to be "a fitting way to bow out".


Cardiff City sign Spanish striker Javi Guerra

Cardiff City have completed the signing of Spanish striker Javi Guerra on a three-year deal.

He will join up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad on 1 July, having completed a medical with the Bluebirds.

The 32-year-old joins the club having agreed pre-contract terms from La Liga side Real Valladolid, where he scored a total of 72 goals in 149 appearances, including 15 last season in the top flight.

Cardiff City are hoping Javi Guerra will help fire them back into the Premier League. Credit: Cardiff City FC

“I am very thankful for the warm welcome I have received here at Cardiff City and am very excited for my new challenge in Wales." Guerra said.

“Hopefully I can keep up the level that I have been playing at in Spain for the last few seasons and that it will be a successful time for me in Cardiff, with both the club and the supporters.”

Guerra started his career with Espanyol before moving to Valencia where he managed just two senior appearances.

Spells at fellow Spanish sides Granada, Mallorca, Alaves and Levante then followed before moving to Valladolid in 2010, helping them to promotion to La Liga the following season.


Giggs: "To the greatest fans in world football, thank you"

Ryan Giggs Credit: PA

Ryan Giggs has announced his retirement from professional football.

In an open letter, he said:

"Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre. His credentials are second to none and I’m positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years."

"I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have represented the biggest club in the world 963 times and Wales 64 times.

Giggs's open letter Credit: Manchester United

"For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions - immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future.

To the greatest fans in world football, thank you, I have loved every minute of playing for you and representing the biggest and best club in the world."


Man United veteran Ryan Giggs ends playing career

Veteran Manchester United midfielder Ryan Gigsg has ended his playing career after being appointed assistant to the club's new manager, Louis Van Gaal.

Giggs has enjoyed a glittering career, making 963 appearances for the Old Trafford club since his debut in 1991, during which time he has won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and four FA Cups.


BREAKING: Ryan Giggs retires from playing. Read the new no.2's open letter to #mufc fans:


Read: Manchester United name Louis van Gaal as new manager


Giggs appointed Manchester Utd assistant manager


#mufc record appearance-maker Ryan Giggs has been appointed assistant manager. #vangaalmufc

Ryan Giggs has been appointed assistant manager of Manchester United.

It follows the appointment of Louis van Gaal as the club's new manager on a three-year contract after this summer's World Cup.

More: Manchester United name Louis van Gaal as new manager

Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea (FT)

Cardiff hopes of a final victory in the Premier Leagues were dashed by two Chelsea goals in three minutes. Final score Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea.


The lads end with a lap of appreciation around the CCS pitch. Thank you all for your loyal and continued support. See you in 2014-15!

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