My Dream Was To Play In England - Magnusson

Hordur Magnusson says Bristol City have given him the opportunity of realising his dream of playing football in England.

The Icelandic international defender has moved to Ashton Gate from Italian giants Juventus on a three-year deal, after recently returning from international duty at Euro 2016.

The 23-year-old met with head coach Lee Johnson and chief operating officer Mark Ashton last week, before undergoing a medical and agreeing terms on the move.

Magnusson will now link up with his new team-mates at the training camp in La Manga next week.

The defender said: “When I saw the stadium and the facilities and met Lee Johnson there was never any doubt in my mind that this was the perfect club for me at this stage of my career.

“I knew Bristol City had finished last season well and were on a high going into the new campaign. The club is also very ambitious and that's what is so important.

“It is every footballer's dream to play in England and this is a great opportunity for me, playing for Bristol City. We watch a lot of English football in Iceland and I am no exception. I can't wait to get started with my new team.”

Magnusson was joined by his family in Bristol last week and only has good words to say about his new footballing home.

“I was really impressed by the city,” he added. “It's very beautiful, there are lots of great sights, lots of restaurants; the city is full of life and I love the culture here.

“My girlfriend was also very impressed and I just know we will love it here. There is no way we are going to get bored!

“The gaffer has only told me great things about the club. He has told me about the club's ambitions which are playing in the Premier League as soon as possible.

“He has also told me about the type of football his team plays and about the great fans here. It sounds perfect!”

Magnusson has five caps to his name for his country and was in the Icelandic squad for their historic first major tournament appearance in France.

“The experience was absolutely unbelievable,” he added. “It was a great honour to be a part of the squad and experiencing how it is to take part in such a big tournament.

“The facilities in our base in Annecy were amazing, all the security around us, the brilliant stadiums, all the fans watching us training, all the Icelandic fans who came to France to watch us; everything was amazing.

“It was a wonderful experience and hopefully I'm going to experience it again.”

 

 

 

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