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City Sign Icelandic International

City have secured the signing of Juventus and Icelandic international defender Hordur Magnusson for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old, who can operate in central defence or at left-back, has passed a medical and put pen to paper on a three-year contract.

He becomes Lee Johnson’s fourth signing of the summer and will link up with the squad in La Manga next week.

Head coach Johnson said: “We’ve been looking to bring him in since the end of last season, but with (loan club) Cesena reaching the play-offs and then his commitments with Iceland in Euro 2016, it has taken time to get him across to Bristol.

“I’ve shown him around Failand, Ashton Gate and the city with his family. He also met with (majority shareholder) Steve Lansdown.

“It’s a deal I’m really excited about because he has attributes to play as high as he wants. I’m sure it will take him time to adjust to the English game.

“He’s very mobile, quick and smooth on the ball. He’s 6ft 3in and has a great left foot, and at the age of 23 has plenty of time to mature as a player.”

Chief operating officer Mark Ashton said: “Along with Lee, I’m delighted we have been able to secure the services of Hordur.

“It’s been a real team effort from a number of people at the club to get this deal done and I look forward to welcoming him to Ashton Gate.”

Born in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, Magnusson began life in the youth setup of Knattspyrnufelagio Fram. He was then signed by Juventus for their Academy in 2011.

After two seasons with their Under-19s, the defender was promoted to the first team squad in 2013.

That summer he joined Serie B side Spezia Calcio in a co-ownership agreement and made 20 appearances for the club in their play-off push.

For the past two seasons he has been on loan at Cesena, gaining both Serie A and Serie B experience.

Magnusson has five caps for Iceland, having also played at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 for the Nordic nation.

His greatest moment came when he was called up for Iceland’s Euro 2016 squad, as his country embarked on their first-ever major tournament appearance.

Although the defender failed to make an appearance in France, the experience of being part of the squad that reached the quarter-finals – knocking out England along the way – will forever be etched in his memory.

Magnusson now begins a new chapter of his career in England with City, having signed a three-year deal.