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Neil Warnock takes aim at Chelsea, saying they lack class ahead of Cardiff City’s trip to Stamford Bridge

Neil Warnock has been stirring the pot ahead of his team’s clash with Chelsea this weekend.

The Bluebirds boss has expressed his displeasure with Chelsea after his attempt to sign former Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham.

Warnock revealed to The Standard that he tried to sign Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea over the summer.

However, his efforts came up short with Abraham leaving weeks later to join Championship club Aston Villa.

But it wasn’t the failed attempt that left Warnock frustrated. Ahead of his team’s meeting with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend, he revealed to The Standard: “I wanted Tammy Abraham from day one.

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“I spoke to Eddie Newton (Chelsea’s loan player technical coach) about it, but he ended up at Aston Villa.

“I was really disappointed they didn’t even come back to me. I thought I at least deserved a phone call saying ‘sorry Neil, he’s not joining’.

“It might have been because our deadline was three weeks before the Championship’s. Perhaps they weren’t sure at the time and then he ends up leaving at the end of the month, when only a move to a Championship club is possible.

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“But even then, a phone call would have been better and shown a bit of class.”

Abraham spent last season on loan in the Premier League with Cardiff’s South Wales rivals Swansea City.

And he is believed to be one of the brightest up and coming strikers in the country.

It’s no surprise the Bluebirds wanted to sign him, putting aside his Swansea links, and aside from his talent Neil Warnock was also keen to add another striker.

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Something he couldn’t achieve before the start of the Premier League campaign and the end of the summer transfer window.

“Tammy would have been my main man in the Premier League,” added Warnock, “surely that would have been better for him? I don’t understand it. Surely they would want him playing in the Premier League?

“I don’t think it was a question over the size of the loan fee – we would have paid it. I just the felt the way we played, he would have enjoyed it and had an impact. I missed out on a few players waiting for him too, which disappointed me. But that’s life.”