Steve Morison reveals what needs to happen to Cardiff City to sign Gareth Bale
Steve Morison said signing Gareth Bale was ‘absolutely a no-brainer’ but admitted the Real Madrid star would have to make the first move if it were to become a possibility.
The Bluebirds have been linked with the Wales captain largely because Cardiff is his hometown club. Cardiff, however, are figuratively a million miles away from Bernabeu riches and any deal would have to be forced on the 32-year-old.
Indeed, chairman Mehmet Dalman said last week that the Bluebirds would be “willing listeners” should Bale decide a return to his Cardiff home was the best thing for him this summer. Wales could hopefully prepare for a World Cup this summer, provided they beat Ukraine or Scotland in the play-off final, and if that is the case, well, maybe Bale pushing a return to Wales might not be so bizarre. as it first appears.
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But Morison echoed Dalman’s thoughts when asked by WalesOnline about the situation with Bale. He said his signing would give the club a massive boost but would have to be initiated by the player’s side.
“Who wouldn’t? Is there anyone who wouldn’t be a willing listener?!” he’s laughing.
“I’m not going to get Gareth Bale’s number and call him and say, ‘Oh, by the way, you want to come and join Cardiff?’
“It’s a no-brainer. It would be great. It would be a big boost for everyone. But if it happened, he should come and be part of the change. He should come and fit in and buy into this.
“I’m sure if something like this were to happen then me and him would have a conversation because there would be a lot to talk about. One of them would make sure that [the press] don’t know!”
Morison has stepped up the excitement over Cardiff’s summer transfer plans. It promises to be a crazy off-season, but one that will hopefully put Cardiff on a better path than they have traveled on for the past 12 months.
“Nothing is sorted,” he said of the transfers. “We are doing a very good job. We have reached agreements but we cannot do anything with them until June 10. We are continuing to work. We are in negotiations with people here.
“Everyone has been informed whether they get contracts or not. It’s all pretty clear. We all know where we’re going, which direction we’re going and it’s a work in progress. Let’s get a good result tomorrow and finish the game. season everyone has a smile on their face and everyone is as eager to see what is going to happen as we are.”
Morison will sell a project to potential signings this summer. He wants an overhaul of the playing culture and personnel ahead of next season, which he hinted at when asked about Bale ‘buying into it’.
But the manager has stated unequivocally that he is ready for the challenge ahead and wants to use this summer as a golden opportunity to rekindle their club’s fans once again.
“It’s all exciting,” he added. “The project, being part of something. I’ve been saying since day, if it’s about the money, then we’re not the place for you. We’re still paying dearly, by the way, for the work you love to do.
“It’s fresh, a new culture, a new environment, even the training ground is better. We have an extra training ground so there are no excuses every day. We make the most of it. of the training ground. It’s something exciting to be part of it.
“They announced a new kit in the week, everything will be new and fresh. Next season we start on July 30, do we want to start with a bang? Yes. We will make sure we do everything in our power. power to get there. Aside from Fulham, you don’t often end the season in the position you started it. It will be a process.
“As long as everyone can see there’s progress and we’re playing well, winning football games. It’s a 46-game season, we’re working on it. We’ll have a lot of new players. You look at a lot of our players, it’s their first season, I expect them to be much better next season thanks to this season.
“It won’t be a magic bullet overnight, but hopefully we can heal a lot of injuries very quickly.”