Last Updated: Sat, 15 Jun 2013 14:22
Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has tipped Kim Bo-kyung to thrive in the Premier League next season.
The 23-year-old moved to the Bluebirds from Cerezo Osaka for a fee of £2.5million last summer.
Though he started the season as a substitute, the attacking midfielder eventually forced his way into the first-team, helping the club lift the Championship title and earn promotion to the Premier League for the first time.
With the new season rapidly approaching, City boss Mackay has backed the South Korea international to shine in the top flight this campaign.
"I think Kim is absolutely ready to make the step up to the Premier League," he told the Western Mail. "He's an international, very comfortable on the ball and just desperate not to give it away.
"He is certainly a very exciting player, that was the reason I bought him in the first place. I think it was a case of us getting a player that ordinarily we might not have managed to get.
"Early on at Cardiff it was very much about him settling in. The lad knew he had to learn the language and he knew he had to learn the culture."
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