10 September 2020 12:32
Get the latest Cardiff City news sent straight to your inbox Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has thanked Cardiff City fans for their support after his three-year stint at the club was brought to an abrupt end. City announced the shock sacking of their star winger on Wednesday, but declined to explain the reasoning behind the decision. WalesOnline has since learned the move was due to an alleged breach of contract with the club. Mendez-Laing's departure has sent shockwaves throughout the club just days before their Championship season opener with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. The 28-year old was a popular figure with fans, having been a part of the Cardiff City side which won promotion to the Premier League back in 2018.
The player's representatives, Fifteen Eleven Management, have since released the following statement on his behalf. "Following on from [Wednesday's] announcement that I have left Cardiff City FC, I would like to place on record my thanks to the fans for the support they have shown me over the past three years", he said. "I will be making no further comment at this time." Mendez-Laing arrived at the club as a free transfer under previous boss Neil Warnock in 2017, with one of his finest moments in a Bluebirds shirt coming in the win over Manchester United on the final day of the 2018/19 Premier League season, where he netted two goals. Confirming his departure, a short statement from the club read: "Cardiff City Football Club has, with immediate effect, terminated the contract of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. "The club will not be making any further comment on the matter." The video will start in 8 Cancel Sign up NOW to get the latest Wolves news direct to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Cardiff City have terminated the contract of former Wolverhampton Wanderers prodigy Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
In shock news yesterday, Cardiff announced that the 28-year-old's time in Wales had come to an end with 'immediate effect'. "Cardiff City Football Club has, with immediate effect, terminated the contract of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. The club will not be making any further comment on the matter," said a brief statement on the club's website which raised more questions than answers. Our colleagues at Wales Online have since learned that Mendez-Laing's departure is due to an alleged 'breach of contract'. Mendez-Laing was expected to lead Cardiff's promotion push but has left the club a few days before the start of the new season. He scored 14 goals in 92 matches for the Bluebirds in three seasons with the club. The Birmingham-born attacker is a product of Wolves' academy and made his only start for the club in a League Cup tie against Swindon Town in 2009. After a series of loans Mendez-Laing was sold to Peterborough United in 2012 and he's operated in all four tiers of English football since.