We are very pleased to confirm the completion of a deal to bring Gabon international Bruno Ecuele Manga to Cardiff City Football Club.
Having completed his medical in South Wales on Monday evening, Bruno has put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him with the Club until June, 2017. He joins from French Ligue 1 side, FC Lorient.
The 26 year-old – a strong and athletic centre-half and former Lorient captain - began his career with home club Libreville, in Gabon. In 2006 he moved to Bordeaux, prior to spending time at Angers SCO ahead of a 2010 switch to Lorient. During a four-year spell in Brittany, Bruno made 118 appearances and scored four goals.
Speaking exclusively to Cardiff City Player, the new signing said: “I have come here to Cardiff to soon play in the Premier League.
“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’ll spend time away with my national team now, though I look forward to returning and starting with my new team-mates. 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.
“I'd like to thank the Manager, the Owner and the Chairman, as well as the supporters. The deal took a little time, but we got there, and it shows that the club wants to go back up to the Premier League. I'm going to do everything I can to make it happen.”
Having made Bruno his ninth signing of the summer transfer window, City Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær added: “We’ve been waiting for this signing – Bruno is someone we’ve watched for a long time now.
“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.”
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