New Cardiff City head coach Erol Bulut has confirmed that former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers is free to leave the club this summer.
Sawyers was a key player last season for the Bluebirds in the Championship as the Welsh side fended off relegation to League One late in the campaign with the arrival of manager Sabri Lamouchi.
However, the 31-year-old’s minutes have been severely limited in the 2023/24 campaign so far at the Cardiff City Stadium. Sawyers hasn’t featured at all under Bulut in the Championship and received his only appearance in a win over Colchester United in the EFL Cup.
The Cardiff boss confirmed in his most recent press conference that Sawyers can leave this summer should an offer arise. The Turkish coach said [quotes via WalesOnline]:
“I had a conversation with him [Sawyers] and I was clear with him and I will not hide it here, he was in the national team, came back and had one game. We now have many players in midfield so I told him for his good he should go try to find a club.
“If he does not get minutes here at the age of 31 it would be best if he takes a look at another club to leave, to play at least another four or five years as he is planning to play to at least 35/36.”
Bulut also revealed that Sawyer’s agent is trying to earn a transfer away from Cardiff for his client:
“He has spoken to his agent I think he is trying. He will find something because he is a good player, he is a very good player.”
It’s quite refreshing how open and honest Bulut was regarding the future of Sawyers. If he’s not going to play, it’s best that the manager allows him to leave for pastures new.
Sawyers still has a year remaining on his current deal, though, and so Cardiff City will receive a fee for the Saint Kitts and Nevis international unless his contract is mutually terminated.