Gary Medel heads to Cardiff City

Jasper Juinen

Cardiff City have quickly recovered from the disappointment of losing out on Etienne Capoue, signing Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel on a four-year deal. The 26-year-old becomes the Bluebirds' record signing, eclipsing the £8 million that the newly-promoted side spent on Steven Caulker earlier this summer, and should serve as a steadying influence as the club looks to secure its place in the Premier League.

Manager Malky MacKay told the official Cardiff website that Medel is a 'tenacious' player, which is something of an understatement considering his short temper and fearsome style of play, but at least he's not the sort who'll be intimidated by a switch to England -- and there's no doubting his quality either following two and a half strong seasons in La Liga.

It remains to be seen whether or not Medel will be ready to kick off the club's inaugural Premier League campaign -- he's on international duty with Chile and probably won't be training with his new teammates until late next week -- but over the long run, he should make Cardiff a far better side. Will that be enough to stave off relegation?

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