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Mackay excited by signing Kim

30 July 2012 08:03

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has lavished praise on promising South Korean Kim Bo-Kyung, labelling him 'something special.'

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder agreed to join Cardiff from Cerezo Osaka on Friday, signing a three-year deal with the Welsh club.

Mackay was full of praise for Kim, who has tipped to succeed Park Ji-Sung as a key man for his country at international level.

"This one is really exciting. Kim is going to be the next big thing out of South Korea and will win many international caps for his country," Mackay told Wales Online.

"He has the potential to be something special."

Kim reportedly attracted interest from Celtic and Borussia Dortmund, while Mackay revealed Cardiff also had to beat off opposition from an unnamed English Premier League who made a move for him last week.

"There was strong interest from others and a Premier League club stepped in last week but the player had already committed to Cardiff by then and we were absolutely delighted by that," Mackay said.

"We have had strong recommendations from our contacts in South Korea, including an English coach, because Kim is an up-and-coming force."

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