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Kingsley Sarfo

Malmo sign Kingsley Sarfo in a four-year deal

17:57 GMT+3 22/06/2017
Kingsley Sarfo
The Swedish champions have recruited the Ghanaian, who recently turned down interest from Manchester City

Malmo FF have completed the signing of Ghanaian midfielder Kingsley Sarfo from IK Sirius in a four-and-half-year deal, both clubs have confirmed.

The 21-year-old arrived in Sweden in 2013 on trial with Mjallby and later joined BW 90 after the deal fell through, before securing another deal to Sirius a year later.

He played a crucial role as Sirius gained promotion to the top-flight last season and was adjudged the Allsvenskan Player of the Month of April.

Sarfo was linked to Premier League side Manchester City but Malmo were swift to snaffle the Ghanaian.

"I don’t really see Malmo as a stepping stone for bigger clubs in Europe. I hope to help Malmo to achieve great success and that's what I'm thinking about. I want to be able to deliver here," Sarfo told the club's website.

"I saw the match against Kalmar last year, how the team played and how the atmosphere was, it was very good and I look forward to play here.

"I think I'm worth this deal although Malmo is a big club. Winning the league is something the club is used to because they always lead the table and take the title," he added

Malmo sporting director Daniel Andersson heaped praise on the Ghanaian, insisting he will be an excellent addition.

"We have been following Sarfo for a long time and he is an excellent acquisition. We saw him during the cup matches and immediately we became very interested in him," Andersson said.

"The discussions with Sirius have been good. They may have taken a little longer than usual but it worth it. We are very pleased with four and a half years. He is young and has great development potential," he added.

Sarfo, who began his career with Kumasi-based Anokye Stars, was handed a debut Black Stars call-up by Kwesi Appiah last month ahead of the 2019 Afcon qualifiers but the midfielder turned down the opportunity and reports suggest he has opted for Sweden ahead of Ghana.