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Thursday 01 August 2013

Cardiff City complete deal for Spurs defender Caulker

Tottenham Hotspur defender joins Barclays Premier League newcomers on a four-year deal

Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker (right) in action for Spurs against Everton last season

Cardiff City have completed the signing of England international Steven Caulker from Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee.

"You get the sense of excitement from everybody at the club in the build-up to the season's kick-off"
Steven Caulker

Caulker, who is returning to Wales having spent the 2011/12 season on loan at Swansea City, has agreed a four-year deal with the club.

The 21-year-old defender signed for Spurs in the summer of 2009 and established himself in Andre Villas-Boas's first team squad last season, making 18 Barclays Premier League appearances and scoring twice. Caulker also scored on his debut for England against Sweden in November.

"First and foremost I want to say how happy I am to have signed with Cardiff City Football Club," he told the club's website. "I'm delighted to be here and excited for this fresh challenge.

"I spoke to the gaffer yesterday, liked what he had to say and am excited about the plans he has for the football club. You get the sense of excitement from everybody at the club in the build-up to the season's kick-off at West Ham and I'm really looking forward to being part of it.

"I thank Tottenham for everything they've done for me, having been there since I was a kid. But I'm here to back myself up now and show what I can do. This is a fresh start, a new chapter and I’m here to kick on."

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Key Points

  • Steven Caulker completes move to Cardiff City
  • The 21-year-old signs four-year deal after moving from Tottenham Hotspur
  • Defender scored for England against Sweden last season