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Bluebirds may fly East for preseason tour

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Vincent Tan wants to increase the Bluebirds’ brand in Malaysia
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Cardiff City are preparing to go ahead with plans that will see the team visit Malaysia as part of their preparations for their first Premier League campaign next season.

 After securing promotion last week, club officials and major investor Vincent Tan have been trying to organise a weeklong trip to Tan’s home country.

Tan has wanted the Bluebirds to tour Malaysia for a few years now and wants to raise the profile of the team throughout the country before they join the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and fierce rivals Swansea in English football’s top flight.

The plan is to expand the growing support the Bluebirds enjoy in the country with every game already being screened live.

The tour is likely to take place in July and will see Malkey Mackay’s team fly into Kuala Lumpur with the plan being to play one high profile fixture before they return to the UK.

If plans for the tour do go ahead, as several tours have been in the offering in previous years before being cancelled, it will mean Cardiff will embark on two preseason tours with the team already planning a trip back to Switzerland as they did before this season’s title-winning campaign.

The team spent a week at UEFA headquarters last summer when the team where based on the banks of Lake Geneva. No fixtures were played and Mackay incorporated two-a-day sessions in order to get his team in shape for the hectic league campaign and this preseason tour is likely to follow the same format.

Chris Scott

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