Swansea’s Rangel questions Caulker’s move to Cardiff

Swansea City right-back Angel Rangel has expressed his surprise at former teammate Steven Caulker’s move to newly promoted rivals Cardiff City, reports Wales Online, with the Spaniard questioning why Caulker did not seek a move to a club in the top four of the Premier League.

Central defender Caulker spent the 2011/12 season on loan at Swansea, making 26 appearances. He then became a member of the first team at parent club Tottenham Hotspur last season, and he impressed for Andre Villas-Boas’ side, starting 17 Premier League games and scoring two goals.

Having emerged at Spurs last season, Caulker’s £8m move to the Cardiff City Stadium is slightly unexpected, having also had a spell at Cardiff’s arch rivals. The transfer is likely to guarantee the 21-year-old regular first-team football, however, with much of Cardiff’s backline lacking significant experience in the top-flight.

And while he says that Caulker would be a big success at Cardiff, Rangel believes that he should be at a big club aiming to qualify for the Champions League. He said: “Being an England international and playing for Spurs, with respect, you would expect him to go to a big club. He could play for Arsenal or these kind of teams.

He’s gone to Cardiff for some reason, I didn’t expect it, but he knows he will probably be playing regularly, week-in, week-out.

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