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Olsson relishing Lugano competition

5 August 2013 15:16

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson is prepared to fight new signing Diego Lugano for a first-team spot.

The 30-year-old centre-half has been a regular fixture at the Hawthorns since joining from NEC Nijmegen in 2008, and he does not intend for that change.

However, competition for a starting berth will be intensified after manager Steve Clarke brought in Lugano from Paris-Saint Germain on Friday, a signing that Olsson is excited by.

"I welcome more additions to the team and the competition, of course," he told the club's official website.

"Before every season, it’s good to have a few new faces. Competition for places is what develops you as a team and an individual.

"Lugano is a player I know about. His CV is brilliant.

"I think he can be a good addition to our team."

Lugano is the second signing of the close-season for West Brom, after they also secured the services of former Real Madrid and Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka on a one-year deal.

The Uruguay international will be available for their final pre-season friendlies against Cork City and Bologna, before the new season kicks off against Southampton on August 17.

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