1 September 2014 22:04
Cardiff City have completed the signing of Bruno Ecuele Manga on a three-year deal from French side Lorient.
The south Wales club confirmed the move on Monday, after the Gabon international defender had undergone a medical.
Manga joined Lorient in 2010, and became a regular at the heart of their defence over the past four seasons.
After gaining promotion to the Premier League as second tier champions in 2012-13, Cardiff dropped straight back to the Championship last season by finishing 20th in the top flight.
And Manga is hoping his arrival can help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men back into the Premier League come May.
“I have come here to Cardiff to soon play in the Premier League,” he told the club’s official website.
“I spoke at length to the manager who was a great player in this country. He has certain ambitions and I share those ambitions. The main one is to go back up to the Premier League, and I’m very excited about coming here.
“I’m confident that things can go very well for me here. This is a good team with a good manager and a good board that is doing great work. I can’t wait to start.”
Manga becomes Solskjaer’s ninth signing of the transfer window, and the Norwegian revealed the club had long been monitoring the 26-year-old.
“We’ve been waiting for this signing – Bruno is someone we’ve watched for a long time now,” he said.
“We faced stiff competition for his signing, but managed to get the deal done. We’re delighted; I said we would only add more before the window shut if something spectacular came up for us. It did and Bruno will be a terrific addition to our squad.
“Bruno will bring pace, international experience, energy and enthusiasm. He is a centre-back who plays the ball forward, looks up and can put us on the counter-attack. I’m delighted he’s agreed to join us.”