New Cardiff City signing Kevin Theophile-Catherine has admitted that he turned down other contract offers to join Malky Mackay's side.

The French defender joined the South Wales outfit on transfer deadline day and has described his desire to join the Welsh side ahead of other clubs. 

Theophile-Catherine had clearly been hoping for a switch to the Premier League for a long time and was eagerly anticipating the move. 

"Since I was a kid, the Premier League has attracted me," he was quoted by Sky Sports. "Cardiff are also a team that has a big heart and players with fighting spirit."  

The defender cost approximately £2 million from Ligue 1 side Rennes and the 23-year-old will be looking to make a big impression in his debut season in England. 

"I had two or three contracts but, in my eyes, this was the best and most concrete project. The club really showed that they wanted to sign me," he said. 

Theophile-Catherine has played 86 times for Rennes, scoring three goals. According to the latest addition to the Bluebirds squad, the move was agreed as early as January. 

"I said if there was an opportunity in the summer that I would try to seize it. My departure was more or less agreed by the club in January." 

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