Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday's rivals make managerial decision as Leeds United star secures loan

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All the latest news surrounding Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship rivals.

Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday will already be hard at work as they look to get off to a good start next season. The Blades have plenty of work to do after suffering relegation from the Premier League, with plenty of players expected to leave and plenty of players required to fill the gaps.

Wednesday’s job should be easier, but they too need to add quality while keeping hold of some of their best players. In the meantime, we have rounded up all the latest news surrounding the Championship.

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Bulut deal confirmed

Cardiff City have finally made a decision over manager Erol Bulut after weeks of talks. The Bluebirds achieved a top-half finish just one year after narrowly dodging relegation, but the club were still reluctant to meet the Turkish boss’s demands of a contract extension lasting more than one year.

His current deal was due to expire this summer, but a new two-year deal has now been confirmed. Bulut said after penning his new deal: “I’m very proud and happy to be extending my time with you all here in the capital city of Wales.

“I want to thank Tan Sri Vincent for putting his trust in me to lead our Club into the future; it is my pleasure to be doing so and I appreciate having been offered this fantastic opportunity. My thanks also to Mehmet Dalman and Ken Choo for their support, as well as the Cardiff City supporters who have made the journey up to this point so enjoyable and memorable. It is a privilege to be part of your family.”

Leeds loan star to stay put

Leeds United man Marc Roca is said to have rejoined Real Betis for another season. El Desmarque say the midfielder has agreed a temporary deal that will see him spend another 12 months in Andalucía. Leeds are said to have paid around £10million for Roca during their final Premier League season, and they cannot realistically pay his wages while they are still in the Championship. Speaking last year about his move to Betis, Roca said: “The truth is that from the first day I was welcomed into a very familiar group, where I felt at home and in the end I am grateful for that.

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“We have a very good locker room, very familiar, very united and in the end, I think that is transmitted and is how we feel later on the field and helps us to be able to put in good performances, to always be in a good mood and with that security and confidence...that is so important”.

On his time in the Premier League, he added: “I didn't stop enjoying football at any moment, not even for a second. It's true that sometimes your position (in the table) means you can't enjoy the final months or the day to day, but the truth is that we had a great locker room, a great atmosphere, I enjoyed it a lot. I played a lot. I think it was a year of a lot of growth, of personal growth. It was also a year of many games, of a lot of intensity in the Premiership, of playing against the best. I learned to love Leeds. I love it because they gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League, and I connected a lot with the club from the first moment. It didn't finish the way we wanted it to but I really enjoyed it all the way through.”

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