Blues seal van Ginkel deal

Kevin McNaughton is staying at Cardiff after agreeing a new

deal.

The long-serving defender was out of contract at City but has

now signed on until next summer.

And that means Scot’s eighth season for the club will be his

first in the Premier League.

He said: “I’m delighted to have committed my future to the Club

and I’m buzzing for the challenge ahead.

“There was a decision to be made this summer as I want to play

first-team football. I know that I’ve a lot of hard work to do to

make sure I can achieve that here, but I’m ready for it.

“I didn’t want to look back at the end of my career and think

that I never gave the Premier League a crack with Cardiff

City.”

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay said: “Kevin has been a terrific

servant for this football club and I’m thrilled he’s staying with

us as we prepare to embark on the Premier League.

“Good, experienced professionals like Kevin are essential for a

squad’s success and I know this news will please City supporters,

as much as it does my staff and I, who know and appreciate what a

hard working a dedicated Cardiff City player Kevin is.”

The 20-year-old moves from Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem and

has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Van Ginkel came through the youth system at Vitesse and made his

international debut as a substitute in a goalless draw against

Germany in November.