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Cardiff sign The Pitbull – a new hate figure for Premier League fans?

The newly promoted Welsh side have broken their transfer record for the third time this summer, signing feisty midfielder Gary Medel from Sevilla.

Cardiff City have raised a few eyebrows in the transfer market this summer, as the Welsh club look to spend the money that will keep them in the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Following the record-breaking additions of Danish forward Andreas Cornelius and Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, Cardiff have confirmed that the signing of Chile international Medel surpasses the amount splurged on the other deals.

Medel has signed a four-year deal with the Bluebirds, with the fee in excess of £8 million. Spanish sources claim the fee could be as much as £11.2 million.

Cardiff boss Malky McKay has spoke of his delight at adding the 26-year-old to his squad.

"We're delighted to have secured the services of Gary - a tenacious and intelligent international midfielder," Mackay told 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 a World Cup - his experience will be an invaluable asset to our squad.

"He's played in a number of Boca v River Plate derbies in Argentina - one of the world's biggest derby matches - and I've no doubt that his background and pedigree will complement our midfield group in the Barclays Premier League."

Medel’s acquisition takes Cardiff’s spending this summer to in excess of £25 million, in a real statement of intent by the newcomers. The club’s owners are obviously dedicated to spending the money that will help McKay keep the team in the top flight, and their major signings will strengthen the core of their side with a new central defender, midfielder and centre forward.

The new man has also left an established La Liga club to join the Premier League newbies. Sevilla are in the Europa League this season – for Medel to switch to the Welsh side is a real coup.

In Medel, McKay is right in stating the player’s experience, which will be one of the new man’s qualities that Cardiff will count on. The Chilean has an unfathomable work rate, and a tenacity that will win over the Cardiff fans straight away.

This tenacity however may well see Medel as something of a hate figure amongst other teams’ fans, as the South American will not take a backward step all season. Cardiff supporters will not care however if Medel’s bite in the tackle can help to keep them in the Premier League.

Despite Medel’s experience and positive qualities, McKay has a job on his hands to control a player aptly nicknamed ‘The Pitbull’. The 26-year-old has the potential to be a liability if not properly managed, and although the Sevilla fans admired Medel, they would be the first to admit that he is susceptible to recklessness.

Medel has picked up nine red cards in his six seasons in senior football. Add to this a stunning 47 yellow cards in six seasons and you get an insight into a player that does not hold back in the face of confrontation.

Medel’s addition and the amount of money spent is a positive move by Cardiff, but the feisty Chilean midfielder has the ability to be a hero or a villain for the newly promoted side. One thing is for sure – his move to the Premier League will be interesting.

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