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The midfielder says he rejected top-flight offers to stay with the Bluebirds and is hoping his decision pays dividends, while Malky Mackay is relishing Saturday's league opener

Peter Whittingham has insisted that the Cardiff City squad believe they will not suffer instant relegation from the Premier League.

The midfielder has made more than 300 appearances in all competitions for the Welsh outfit and was part of the side that won promotion from the Championship for the first time in their history last term.

And ahead of his side's opening-day trip to Upton Park to face West Ham on Saturday, the 28-year-old has revealed that his team-mates are confident of avoiding relegation.

"We're all confident and want to do well in this league," he told reporters. "We're all really looking forward to it. We'll go to West Ham looking for the win.

"I always said I wanted to play in the Premier League. I turned a few moves down and now want to reap rewards in the top flight with City."

The Bluebirds have spent heavily in a bid to maintain their top-flight status - breaking their transfer record on three occasions to sign Andreas Cornelius, Steven Caulker and Gary Medel - and manager Malky Mackay admits there could yet be more action.

"We've got a squad that is in the Premier League on merit and deserve to be here," the Cardiff boss added.

"Anything we bring in needs to be an improvement. We want to bring the best players to this club, I'll make no apologies for that.

"It's not about looking back, we need to look forward and the club has grown massively in a relatively short space of time."

The 41-year-old, who spent a season with the Hammers as a player in 2004-05, says Saturday's match will be an illustrious moment for the club, but he is also wary of their opponents and knows a professional performance is required.

"I'll be proud for everyone at this football club tomorrow," he continued. "I've had a great time in Cardiff and in Wales and it'll be a proud moment.

"When this was the first fixture I had a smile on my face. I had a great time at West Ham and we're going up against a top manager [in Sam Allardyce].

"It's a tough game no doubt. There's so much experience in their side. It would obviously be great to get off to a good start. We're all excited. We've worked hard through the summer and we're ready."

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