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Monday 01 July 2013

Andreas Cornelius completes Cardiff City switch

Denmark striker joins Barclays Premier League new boys on a five-year deal

Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius scored 18 goals for FC Copenhagen last season

Cardiff City have made their first signing of the summer with the capture of Denmark striker Andreas Cornelius on a five-year deal.

The transfer of the 20-year-old was agreed last week and his move was confirmed, subject to international clearance, after he completed his medical on Monday morning.

"This is a dream come true for me," he told the club's website. "I've been given a great opportunity and this is a very exciting project that’s taking place at Cardiff City. I’m very happy to be here and to be playing for this club in the Premier League.

"This is a dream come true for me"
Andreas Cornelius

"There were opportunities for me this summer and I had to think about what was the right thing to do, the correct step for me to take in terms of my career. I was impressed by what the club is trying to do, the fact it has reached the Premier League and that it has a passionate fan base supporting it."

Cornelius has signed from FC Copenhagen, for whom he made his Danish Superliga debut last year. He top-scored with 18 goals to help his side win the league title.

Those performances led to a call-up for the senior national team and he hopes that his move to Cardiff will help further his international ambitions ahead of the FIFA World Cup next summer.

"The Danish national team always wants players playing in foreign countries, especially in the English Premier League," he added. "If I can improve as a player at Cardiff City, which I think I can, then I can be a better player for the Danish national squad as well."

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Key Points

  • Striker Andreas Cornelius completes move to Cardiff City
  • The 20-year-old signs five-year deal after moving from FC Copenhagen
  • Denmark forward scored 18 goals last season