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Premier League new-boys Cardiff City have broken their transfer record again to secure the services of Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel.
The Chile international is a feisty character, and will add some much needed steel to the centre of midfield for the Welsh outfit, as they prepare for life in the top flight.
The signing of Medel is another signal of intent by the Cardiff City board after the acquisitions of Danish striker Andreas Cornelius and Spurs defender Steven Caulker, both of whom broke the club’s existing transfer records in succession.
The 26-year-old, who will sign a four-year-deal, will join up with the Chile squad for their midweek friendly against Iraq in Denmark before flying back in time for Cardiff’s trip to West Ham on the opening day of the new Premier League season on Saturday.
The fee for Medel has not been revealed yet, but is believed to be in the region of £11m, small change for the Welsh outfit’s billionaire owner, Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan.
Manager Manager Malky Mackay was very happy with his latest signing, saying: “We’re delighted to have secured the services of Gary – a tenacious and intelligent international midfielder.
“Having had two seasons of regular football in La Liga – with 60 odd international caps to his name and three appearances at a World Cup, his experience will be an invaluable asset to our squad.”