Former Bristol City star Bobby Decordova-Reid has explained why he left the club for Premier League side Cardiff City in an interview with Wales Online.

After reinventing himself as a forward and starring for the Robins, the 25-year-old joined Cardiff City for a reported £10m fee.

The move hardly came as a surprise after the forward’s goal-scoring exploits established him as one the Championship’s most exciting talents.

Four months after arriving in the Premier League, the former Plymouth Argyle loanee has explained why he left Ashton Gate:

“I couldn’t turn the opportunity down. I’m glad I made the decision.

“I could have easily gone to West Brom and not been at the top of the table and not get promoted. It’s ifs and buts. The ultimate is to come to the Premier League and I’m enjoying that.

“It wasn’t a risk for me. I would have been kicking myself if I didn’t come to the Premier League to showcase my talent.”

Before the beginning of the 2018/19 season, he began using the name Decordova as a tribute to his mother and wanted her to see her name proudly displayed on a Premier League shirt:

“I grew up with my mum. She was a single parent.

“I had my brothers and sisters around too but growing up she’s done a lot for me: things like taking me to training. I had to get four buses with her to training because she didn’t drive at the time.

“So I wanted to pay her back by putting her name on my shirt in the Premier League and she can watch me running around on the pitch with her name on my back on the biggest stage.”

Despite losing Decordova-Reid, the Robins have impressed in the Championship thus far and are just two points adrift of the play-offs. Lee Johnson’s side face Stoke City tomorrow and will be hoping to pick up their third consecutive victory.


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