Cornelius: I'll prove Tan wrong over 7.5m price tag – I'll show the fans what I can do

By Declan Warrington

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Cardiff's Andreas Cornelius has vowed to prove Vincent Tan wrong by justifying his 7.5million price tag.

As Sportsmail revealed, the striker has been paid 45,000 a week since leaving FC Copenhagen, where he earned 6,000 a week. He is yet to score for the club.

Tan is understood to have been angered by the 50m sacked manager Malky Mackay spent recruiting new players and is believed to have criticised Cornelius' contribution in an email to the Scot.

Frustrated figure: Andreas Cornelius is yet to have the impact he would have hoped since joining Cardiff

Frustrated figure: Andreas Cornelius is yet to have the impact he would have hoped since joining Cardiff

The dismissal of head of recruitment Iain Moody in October was also influenced by the club's signings – he believed Cardiff had a transfer budget of 50m, while Tan says he authorised only 35m.

In addition to Cornelius, the arrivals of 10m Gary Medel, 1.75m John Brayford and 2.25m Peter Odemwingie, and the wages they are being paid, also angered Tan.

'I don't care about the price tag, my aim is just to do my best,' said Cornelius, 20.

'I am always someone who wants to prove himself. I want to show the supporters what I am capable of.

Out of form: But Andreas Cornelius (left) has vowed to prove himself at Cardiff

Out of form: But Andreas Cornelius (left) has vowed to prove himself at Cardiff

Controversial figure: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has angered the club's fans by sacking Malky Mackay (right)
Controversial figure: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has angered the club's fans by sacking Malky Mackay (right)

Controversial figure: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has angered the club's fans by sacking Malky Mackay (right)

'I need to show the manager I am good enough to play.'

Cornelius is yet to start a Premier League game, having made just seven substitute appearances, but has been suffering with ankle injuries.

'It's been frustrating,' he said. 'When you come to a new club you do want to show what you can do from the start.'

THE FOUR SIGNINGS THAT ANGERED CARDIFF'S OWNER TAN

Goal shy: Cornelius is yet to score for Cardiff

ANDREAS CORNELIUS (Striker)

  • Signed from FC Copenhagen for 7.668m, rising to 10.93m

  • Agent fees: 863,000

  • Signing-on fee: 1.25m

  • Salary at FC Copenhagen: 6,000 per week

  • Salary at Cardiff: 45,000 per week

  • Appearances: 7 GOALS: 0

For Pete's sake: Odemwingie in action for Cardiff

PETER ODEMWINGIE (Striker)

  • Signed from West Brom for 2.25m

  • Agent fees: 500,000

  • Salary at Cardiff: Approx. 35,000 per week

  • Appearances: 15 GOALS: 2


Red alert: Brayford in action during pre-season

JOHN BRAYFORD (Defender)

  • Signed from Derby for 1.75m, rising to 2.25m based on appearances

  • Agent fees: 281,000

  • Signing-on fee: 416,000

  • Salary at Cardiff: 18,000 per week

  • Appearances: 2

New signing: Medel joined the Bluebirds in the summer

GARY MEDEL (Midfielder)

  • Signed from Sevilla for 10m, rising to 15m

  • Agent fees: 800,000

  • Signing-on fee: 1.25m

  • Image rights deal: 1.6m

  • Salary at Cardiff: 35,000 per week

  • Appearances: 17

 

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ive been to every home game and this guy is a joke, but then Andy carrol springs to mind 45 million? so at 8 million you get what you pay for, he is only 20 and may come good in a few years but we need someone for NOW!

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15 million quid is a hell of a lot of money. The manager and those responsible fir buying players ought to be more sensible and responsible with other people's money. The owner obviously trusted them and won't make that mistake again. Then to try to use the media to make the owner to be an ogre is shabby. It's always good to hear both sides of the argument.

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Until this article, I'd never heard of Andreas Cornelius. The sums being paid to this player for one decent season in a below par league are astonishing.

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Reading this and Vincent tan doesn't seem so bad and Mackay doesn't seem as good does he? I see nothing at all wrong with owners who are bank rolling clubs calling managers to account over the value for the money they have spent. In fact I never understand why owners don't consider the facts as set out here by the DM before sanctioning signings because if it was my money I certainly would. And would not give football types a blank cheque as they are notorious for splashing around other peoples cash and taking no responsibility when it is wasted.

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Just how do you spend 50 million when you only have a 35 million budget? Just where does the extra 15 million magic itself up from without the owner bank rolling it. Tan is talking rubbish.

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I hope he is as good as his word however what I have seen of him this season he appears to be a very ordinary player

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I was at the game on Saturday and he was awful, I know he's not match fit but no pro athlete should be huffing and puffing after ten minutes,he looked liked he'd run a marathon, granted I'd be knackerd after 5 mins, does that make me worth 20k a week?

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Bendtner v2.0

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Overated

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Why would you need to pay a bloke 45,000 a week when he was only on 6,000 at his old club? 10-15,000 a week would have been fair. If this is the way Cardiff do business then they will eventually go OUT of business.

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this guy had a lucky season at his last club , he is beyond awful and not worth ten thousand let alone ten million . fits in well at cardiff .

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