Cardiff defend Chopra decision
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale has defended the decision to sell Michael Chopra.Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale has defended the decision to sell star striker Michael Chopra.
Chopra is poised for a move to newly-promoted Sunderland after the two clubs agreed a £5million fee for the Newcastle-born forward.
Ridsdale is adamant the deal for the 23-year-old, who scored 22 goals last season, is in the best interests of the Bluebirds with money now being made available for boss Dave Jones to bring in up to two new players.
"He has gone for a price which was ten times what we paid for him and that has to be good business from a Cardiff City point of view," Ridsdale told the Western Mail.
"Like all clubs we said all along if an offer matched our valuation of a player then that player would be for sale. We believe £5million for Michael Chopra is the right valuation.
"That figure has also triggered a clause in Michael's contract which meant we had to inform him that a club was in for him.
"When he was told of Sunderland's interest he said straight away that he wanted to talk to them.
"I can't understand why fans would be annoyed, it gives us the chance now to strengthen our squad even further because I believe we've already been doing that throughout the summer with the players we've brought in.
"I can assure Cardiff City supporters we will be going into next season with a stronger squad than we had last season, that has always been our aim and that will be the case.
"As a matter of urgency now I'm already enquiring about players, one, maybe two, strikers is our aim ahead of the new season."
Chopra's departure could free up the money to bring Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler and a new goalkeeper to Ninian Park.
"I've not really commented on that [Fowler], if we want a player we will go all out to try to land them though," Ridsdale continued. "As far as I'm concerned we've got two very good goalkeepers in the squad already in David Forde and Michael Oakes."