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Cardiff City sign Gary Medel

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Cardiff City have again broken their transfer record with the signing of Gary Medel from Spanish side Sevilla.

Reports earlier suggested that a deal had been agreed in the region of €13 million (£11 million), for the Chilean international.

The 26-year-old, who played 31 times for Sevilla last season, being sent off three times, has signed a four-year deal and will now attempt to gain a work permit.

Medel attended their friendly against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

His nickname is 'Pitbull', given to him due to his attribute of tough-tackling. He played 90 times for Sevilla since joining from Boca Juniors in 2011 and has been red carded a total of seven times.

"We’re delighted to have secured the services of Gary, a tenacious and intelligent international midfielder," announced excited manager Malky Mackay to the club's official website.

"Having had two seasons of regular football in La Liga, with 60-odd international caps to his name and three appearances at the World Cup, his experience will be an invaluable asset to our squad.

"I’ve no doubt that his background and pedigree will complement our midfield group in the Premier League."

Medel has earned many plaudits in his time at Liverpool, with many recognising his profound man-marking displays against Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

The new summer-signing breaks Cardiff’s transfer record for a third time this summer, with the signings of Steven Caulker from Tottenham in the region of £8 million and Andreas Cornelius, who signed from Danish club FC Copenhagen for a £7.5 million.

It hasn’t all been plain-sailing in the transfer window for Mackay, who missed out on Blackpool’s highly-rated Tom Ince and also Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, even though the clubs agreed on a fee with the Bluebirds.

 

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