Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Offers - HARRY PRATT

CARDIFF mid­fielder Le­an­dro Ba­cuna is de­ter­mined to avoid a fam­ily rel­e­ga­tion dou­ble.

The Dutch­man, a £3.5mil­lion buy from Read­ing in Jan­uary, has spent re­cent weeks con­sol­ing younger brother, Jun­inho, af­ter he was con­demned to the Cham­pi­onship with


Now Ba­cuna, 27, who was also rel­e­gated at As­ton Villa two years ago, is hell-bent on swerv­ing yet more mis­ery with Neil Warnock’s Welsh strug­glers. The wing-back said: “I’ve told my brother not to worry, that he’s only 21 – and he must keep fight­ing even in the Cham­pi­onship. And Mum’s been on too say­ing she doesn’t want two rel­e­ga­tions in the fam­ily in one sea­son. That wouldn’t be good.”

Cardiff, two points adrift of safety be­fore the week­end, have four games re­main­ing – start­ing with Liver­pool at home to­day.

Ba­cuna (left) is con­fi­dent of sur­vival, adding: “When I went down with Villa, ev­ery­one was blam­ing each other. It’s very dif­fer­ent here – the mood is so pos­i­tive.”

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