GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW BOYS
Club News19th September
Medel, Maxi and KTC spoke with students at CAVC this weekCardiff City's newest batch of international recruits took time to answer the questions from some of their new peers at Cardiff & Vale College this week.
Frenchman Kévin Théophile-Catherine got his first Bluebirds start at the KC Stadium on Saturday and impressed in the draw with Hull City, while experienced Chilean international Gary Medel has already become a vital part of Malky Mackay's side.
Twenty-year-old Maxi Amondarain is a Uruguayan U20 international and is waiting patiently for his chance at CCS. Cardiff's international pull has never been greater!
Q: How are you all finding life in Cardiff so far?
KTC: Since arriving I have found the city to be not too big, though not too small and it's full of nice people. There's plenty to do and I think I will enjoy it here.
Maxi: I agree. I am staying at the same hotel as him (KTC) and although we haven't had too much time to discover the place, the people seem very nice. We are happy here.
Medel: It's a lovely place, though it's very cold compared to Chile! Everyone seems very nice and I'm really enjoying my time.
Q: The Barclays Premier League is a hard league to play in, but who do you think is going to be the hardest person to defend against and who will make it to the top this season?
KTC: Every player in the division is a good player. I don't know who will be champion. Last year it was Manchester United, so maybe them again, maybe City. I only know most of the players from TV though!
Medel: It will be hard against Manchester United and I really want to play against Robin Van Persie.
Q: What about [Maxi's fellow countryman] Luis Suarez?
Medel: We've already met internationally with Chile and Uruguay.
Maxi: They are all top players in this league, very good players. I am a defender and I think one of the most difficult players to defend against would be Suarez. He is from my country, I know he's a very good player. Hopefully I can get the chance to defend against him.
Q: Who were your footballing idols growing up?
Maxi: My idol was Paolo Montero. He was a Uruguayan defender who played for Juventus and was also the Uruguayan captain for a lot of years. I think he was one of the best defenders in the world.
KTC: For me it was only about strikers because I used to be a striker! George Weah, striker for Milan and Paris (Saint Germain). I liked Paul Scholes too.
Q: What tattoos do you all have and how many?
Medel: I have 15 and my favourite is the one on my chest!
Q: Who would you say has impressed you the most since joining the club?
Medel: Gunnarsson, for everything he does every day, how hard he works and how much he's helped me.
Maxi: I haven't seen the first team much yet as I have had about three or four training sessions, but I think Kevin is a good person. He is the one I talk with the most.
KTC: For me it is the same because I just arrived last week. I have a great relationship with Rudy Gestede because he is French, but all the players have helped me and I speak good English. Odemwingie speaks French too though, so it is nice to speak the same language.