Cardiff City manager identifies England's best defender

Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay sings praises of new centre back and the chairman who funded the deal…

The shock transfer of England international Steven Caulker, from Tottenham Hotspur to Cardiff City for a club record fee believed to be in excess of £8m, has elated Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay because it not only represents the acquisition of a top-level athlete, but reinforces the support club chairman Vincent Tan has in Mackay's vision for the Leckwith outfit's future.

Having sealed promotion to the Premier League by claiming the Championship trophy last season, Cardiff have embarked on a steady recruitment plan that has included the purchase of towering Denmark international Andreas Cornelius. Caulker, though, is undoubtedly the diamond signing to date and Mackay opined that with just a little polishing, the centre back will become first choice for England.

'He is in the England squad at the moment and he could be England’s future No.1 centre-half,' said Mackay, as quoted by Wales Online. 'And he can progress here towards that. We’re delighted he has committed to us.'

Mackay went on to send a message of gratitude to Tan: 'He’s been fantastic in allowing me to go out and get players who can enable us to compete at the highest level. This is how we can take the club forward,' he noted. 'We need someone with a vision and someone who buys into my vision as well.

'He is doing that and I’m very thankful.'

Cardiff have also been linked with a move for Espanyol defender Hector Moreno, who is also wanted by Welsh rivals Swansea City.

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