Almen Abdi 'like a glove in the hand' at Sheffield Wednesday, says Carlos Carvalhal

Almen Abdi talks with Carlos Carvalhal at training. Pic: SWFC
Almen Abdi talks with Carlos Carvalhal at training. Pic: SWFC
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Almen Abdi and Sheffield Wednesday are the perfect fit, according to the midfielder's new head coach Carlos Carvalhal.

Abdi and Daniel Pudil, who spent last season on loan at the Owls, together joined their team mates at pre-season training today and Carvalhal said he was 'very, very happy' with the signings who join goalkeeper Jake Kean and striker Steven Fletcher as the new boys in the Owls squad.

“Abdi signing for Sheffield Wednesday is like a glove in the hand," Carvalhal told swfc.co.uk. "He is a fantastic footballer while at the same time he has the right spirit, he is a team worker. We identified him as a top target and I know he will fit perfectly into our dynamic.

"He knows the Championship, he has succeeded in this division, and believe me when I say our fans will be singing his name very, very soon.”

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Carvalhal said Pudil's arrival was 'just like welcoming an old friend'.

“I am very, very happy with these signings because they will improve our squad very much," he said. "Of course, everybody knows about Daniel as he had a very successful season with us last season on loan. So to bring him back on a permanent transfer is something I am very happy about.

"We know him, he knows us, so it is just like welcoming an old friend back to the club.”

Despite only just joining up with the Wednesday squad, Pudil has no concerns regarding his fitness for the upcoming season. The Czech Republic international was part of his country's squad for the European Championships and after a brief break was back at Watford maintaining his fitness.

"I feel okay," he said. "I've been back training at Watford since July 16. I've been doing running and working hard in the gym to keep myself fit. I only had a couple weeks off the Euros.

"I'm happy to be back with the team and to have had a proper session."