The Chile captain looks set to be the first to exit relegated Cardiff (©GettyImages)
The Chile captain looks set to be the first to exit relegated Cardiff (©GettyImages).

Cardiff City star could leave following relegation

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Cardiff City's record signing Gary Medel could be set for a move just days after the Welsh club's relegation from the Premier League, according to reports.

WalesOnline are reporting that the claim was made by a radio station in the Chile international's homeland. It is believed Medel - who will captain Chile at this summer's World Cup in Brazil - has a relegation release clause which he will activate after the Premier League season ends on Sunday. The player’s agent is said to be already in talks with a number of European clubs.

Turkish club Besiktas are being touted as the likely destination of the 26-year-old who Cardiff paid a reported £11 million for less than a year ago. Although a return to Spain is possible with both Valencia and Malaga supposedly interested in the defensive midfielder who earned the nickname 'El Pitbull' for his abrasive playing style.

Medel has made 34 appearances for Cardiff in the Premier League this season, but after earning plaudits for a number of outstanding displays in the opening months of the season the Chilean's form dipped dramatically following the sacking of Malky Mackay at Christmas.

With Medel seemingly not keen to help Cardiff's bid to bounce straight back from the Championship next season, the club's hierarchy may see as attractive a swift move that recoup's much of the fee paid to Sevilla last summer and removes Medel's reported £40,000-per-week wages from the club's historically fraught finances.

Besiktas currently stand third in the Turkish Super League, one point off a Champions League spot with two matches to play.

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