Bluebirds chief insists he holds no regrets over missing midfielder.
Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has insisted that he has no regrets at missing out on the signing of French international midfielder Etienne Capoue, Sky Sports reports.
The Premier League new boys had agreed a fee with his then club Toulouse and personal terms with the player before he decided to back out of the negotiations and head for Tottenham Hotspur instead.
Mackay then promptly went out and made Chile international Gary Medel his club’s record signing in a deal worth around £11m – and he is delighted with the midfielder’s progress so far.
“When one door closes another opens,” Mackay said.
“That’s why our recruitment department work the way they do and have done for three years.
“Our recruitmnent system were well down the line with Toulouse, finances had been agreed, but we knew he was a top quality player. We had various options in that position if we didnt get him.
“I have been pretty open in that we looked at Medel for most of last season. At one point we didn’t feel we would get anywhere near him because the season before AC Milan were involved.
“Capoue has gone to Spurs and did well up until his injury. I had no doubts he would – he is a top French international.
“Likewise we have a top Chilean international who I am delighted to get. I look at him every day in training and, like with Steven Caulker, we had two top players come into the football club. It has raised our standards again.”
Cardiff face Spurs this weekend and will have former Tottenham defender Steven Caulker at their disposal and they will be hoping to show Capoue that he was wrong to chose north London over the Welsh capital.