Craig Noone: Cardiff City want to keep winger says Russell Slade

Craig Noone
Cardiff City signed Craig Noone from Brighton in August 2012

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade wants to keep winger Craig Noone at the club.

Noone, 27, has been linked with a summer move to Norwich City but Slade has dismissed those reports.

"I've asked questions as to whether anyone has been contacted at the club and we've had no contact from Norwich and Craig is our player," Slade said

"In terms of looking towards the future he's not somebody we'd be looking to get rid of."

Slade confirmed there was interest in former Brighton player Noone in January, but says he did not want to lose the highly rated winger.

"We've got players that are contracted to the football club," Slade added.

"Unless other teams are going come in and ask to buy these players or put offers in for these players, I'm very very happy with the group of players I've got at the football club right now."

Adam La Fondre
La Fondre scored three goals for Cardiff before joining Bolton on loan

Slade also expects striker Adam Le Fondre to return to the club next month.

Le Fondre, who joined Cardiff from Reading during the summer of 2014, is on loan at Bolton Wanderers and has scored seven goals in 14 games for Neil Lennon's side.

The 28-year-old has claimed he has had no contact from anyone at parent club Cardiff, something which Slade has dismissed.

"He's been contacted, he knows exactly when he's due in to see me for a chat," Slade said.

"I do believe he's had dialogue also via his agent with the secretary and the chief executive as well.

"I can see why there's interest in him because he's scored a few goals, but he's a Cardiff City player and he still has two years on his contract left with us.

"He's back with us on the 5 May. Between now and then, whether Bolton come in and approach us remains to be seen."

Slade remains unsure over his playing budget next season and said: "There's more dialogue to be had in terms of what finances will be available and how we're going to go about acquiring those players that we desire,"

Cardiff host relegation threatened Millwall in the Championship on Saturday with Anthony Pilkington retaining his place in the squad after making his comeback from injury in Tuesday's defeat at Ipswich.

Defender Ben Turner will play in a game behind closed doors on Friday as he continues his comeback from an ankle injury and could be involved against Blackpool next weekend.

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