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Fulham owner Shahid Khan has a dig at Cardiff City

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Fulham owner Shahid Khan had a dig at Cardiff City following his side's play-off final victory over Aston Villa, slamming the Bluebirds for playing "19th century football".

The Cottagers beat Villa 1-0 in the Championship showpiece , meaning they will join Cardiff and Wolves in next season's Premier League.

Slavisa Jokanovic's side were praised throughout the past year or so for their expansive style, with Tom Cairney scoring a typically fluent goal to win the Wembley final.

And controversial owner Khan couldn't resist making a derisory comment about the Bluebirds' own style of football — despite the fact Cardiff finished in the automatic promotion spots ahead of Fulham.

“We have seen the teams that have got promoted," he said in an interview with the Times.

"Wolves were the best team in the Championship. Cardiff, they play 19th-century football and will have to make changes if they want to stay up.

"We are looking not to mess with the style and chemistry of our team."

Khan also insisted Fulham wouldn't by shy to spend, which isn't a policy Neil Warnock wants to replicate in South Wales.

The Yorkshireman has said he wouldn't splash out "silly money" whereas Khan — who has ambitious plans to buy Wembley from the FA — is thinking differently at Craven Cottage.

"We are not just going to scrape by, we want to get better," he added.

"This is the time to have the productive discussion about who is available.

"There is this concept of splashing cash. You have to invest but just lighting money on fire doesn’t win Championships. Being irresponsible doesn’t help you win. We’re going to do whatever helps us win and if it involves money then we’re not spendthrifts.”

He is also adamant that teenage wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon will stay at Fulham despite major interest from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur.

“We don’t want Sessegnon leaving,” Khan said.

“I don’t think he wants to go. He’s going to be at Fulham for the coming year, leading us into the Premier League.

Frankly, if we had not been promoted, well, we have a responsibility to our players. He’s been there since he was eight.

We want to do the right thing for him and he is Fulham through and through.

“He is going to be there next season.”

Source Dominic Booth at walesonline
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