Carlos Cuellar signs for Norwich City on free transfer

Carlos Cuellar of Sunderland battles with City's Elliott Bennett during a Premier League match at the Stadium of Light in March 2013. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Carlos Cuellar of Sunderland battles with City's Elliott Bennett during a Premier League match at the Stadium of Light in March 2013. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
4:46 PM

Norwich City have confirmed the signing of former Rangers and Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar on a free transfer.

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The 32-year-old Spaniard was available on a free after his release from Sunderland in the summer and has signed a one-year contract, which includes an option for a further year.

Cuellar becomes City manager Neil Adams’ fourth permanent signing having passed a medical with the club and watched City’s 3-1 win against Blackburn at Carrow Road last night.

“Carlos brings bags of experience as he’s played at the highest level in three countries,” Adams told City’s official website.

“He can play as a centre-back and a right-back, and we’re brought him here to strengthen the options we have in defence.

“He’s a top quality player, so we welcome him into the squad and it will be great to have him available.”

Cuellar, who had been in talks with Crystal Palace earlier this summer and spent time on trial at Blackburn, took to his personal Twitter account (@Cuellar24) to say: “Very happy to start this new adventure!!”

Speaking to his new club’s website, Cuellar said: “To be here is a pleasure and a great opportunity for me to be part of the club, to keep playing and (with) the goal to get back to the Premier League.

“The aim is to play football and it was a long time since I played my last game and my last training at Sunderland and I was looking forward to starting playing again and training again, because that’s what I like, to be training and to be around with the team.

“It’s a new challenge for me, I have never played in the Championship. I know the league is very good because I have been here for a long time, I know the teams and most of the players.

“I know it’s going be tough, it’s a different league compared to the Premier but I am ready to play, I am ready to compete, I know how the team play and how they want to play.”

And Cuellar confirmed that he arrives at Carrow Road with his sights set on a return to the Premier League, adding: “If you look at the squad, we have a big squad, we have very good players, most of them have played in the Premier League before (and) they know the Championship. For us it is a good opportunity to get back to the Premier League.”

The signing adds to the earlier news that centre-back Michael Turner has signed a new deal which extends his contract at Carrow Road through until the summer of 2016.

Cuellar played over 100 games in the Premier League since signing for Villa from Rangers in a deal worth over £7million but played just six times for Sunderland last season, starting five league games and a Capital One Cup match.

Adams refused to comment on the prospective signings of Cuellar and Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome last night, with Leroy Fer’s £10m move to QPR also still yet to be confirmed.

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39 comments

  • Egyptian I spent 20,000 pounds supporting the City last year but i still realise who controls it-and its not me!

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    borderman

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Some good signings during the window have countered any negativity that the departures might have generated. The early arrivals of Grabban and Lafferty gave NA a head start in this respect and leaves some leeway in case of any late exits that cannot be covered, apart maybe by loans (Ruddy, Hooper?). What I am sure of is that NA is working hard to regain top flight status. And the board? Would they have reason to cheapskate and be satisfied with Chump permanency? Maybe they would, like a business that is profitable but frightened of expansion. You could argue that makes no sense when the substantial rewards for top flight status are an open book. However, PL longevity requires player investment which can be expensive and, as we saw with RVW, a gamble. I also saw on another (debating) board an interesting theme develop where some fans argued along the lines that life in the Chump is more fun because you get easy pickings and the feel good factor that comes with winning, while in the PL you stand in line to be run down by the soul less oil rich glory buying juggernauts while fighting a depressing war of attrition with the other no hope paupers. Our owners might be in profit but they are not well endowed for the PL battle and we need a cunning plan if we are to do more than merely survive.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • borderman; the "mantle" I thought Carlos Cuellar might inherit from Carlo Nash was a nickname: "The Jackal". I`d forgotten about Nash`s speed trials on the A11. Perhaps he should`ve been named Frazer Nash...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Would it make you all feel better if he cost £5m?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Borderman if you feel so bitter why do you still claim to support NCFC. I am a share holder and my blood is Yellow and Green. As a matter of interest did you put your hand in your pocket when we (oops sorry) the club needed some money. No I am not a rich man by any stretch of the imagination, I took out a bank loan to do it.

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    Egyptian canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • At best he will regain the level of his previous performances at worst we have another squad player in an area we need to add to. I find lordbesty's last contribution interesting and it puts a new slant on the situation and yes I do hope that he has struck it right. I would like to see some of the money being spent to strengthen but of late I am more in agreement with Andy, we are having to come to accept the reality of our present situation. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Cuella was an excellent player with Rangers and a first choice pick at Villa. If he's still fit, he will force his way into a starting position. I personally rate him highly.

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    Reasonable1

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • We perhaps need a dose of realism here. NCFC are club that has just been relegated and with an inexperienced manager - NOT a criticism of NA. That is likely to prove unattractive to up and coming players for now and as has been said they are thin on the ground anyway. If come January we are in the top two, it will be much easier to recruit young players with ambition. Might also be why we got nothing last January with CH and our record. I am happy with Grabban and Lafferty and if NA has recruited more of the same quality and effectiveness, that sounds like good business to me. Give them a chance and our SUPPORT!

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    andy

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • egyptian Canary 'WE' own no part of the club Delia and the two mick's do we are just poor 'punters' to be treated like mushrooms!

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    borderman

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Look guys, you can't go and spend 8,10,12 million on a player because there isn't one that will come to a championship club, period. What we seem to be doing is offloading expensive wage sucking, premier football seeking mercenaries and replacing them with cheapish and free experienced players that can add numbers to our hungry squad. Now, when we hopefully go back up we will have 20-30 million extra to spend on better quality players that can maintain our prem status. I could be completely wrong of course but I'm trying to put a positive spin on this stuff. Peace.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Surely a cash rich club like NCFC can afford to keep all the matchday staff and pay them a decent living wage.At the very least they should not have to pay for a sandwich and a cup of tea.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Canary West it is most certainly not like the BAD old days when we were up to our ears in debt. We own the freehold of the Carra we don't owe the banks any money, so how can you draw any kind of comparison to those times. Yes the money in those days went into a black hole namely the banks!!

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Brewer -Does that mean he will be speeding up the A11?

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    borderman

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Ooops! I misused a disused verb as a noun. So distrustful of me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • I`m optimistic that Carlos will be a useful squad player. He might even assume the mantle worn by our erstwhile 4th choice goalkeeper, Mr. Nash. What people are questioning is the Board`s ambition; their real intention. There is a lot of mistrust around. A result of a lot of duplicity. On the ball, DupliCity...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Welcome to a 32 year old has been, certainly building a team for the future- if the future is next week1

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    borderman

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • One year deal tells the story. Decent business for decent cover player. Still want to see a top quality ch coming in.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Come on chaps, Colin makes a valid point.regarding availability, all the money in the world can't buy what ain't there. Let's not return to the negativity of the last few weeks. Give Carlos a chance, he may well do precisely the job that NA wants. Look at Hull, 7+ mil for a player who is out (allegedly) until the end of Feb! You pays a lot of money and you takes a lot of chance!

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Your metamorphosis to serial sceptic makes my blood Kurdle, Dubya. Just something I`ve been muezzin about...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • All very well free signings,but usually there is a good reason why they are available!!!! Come on Norwich your loyal fans deserve to see substantial sums spent on new signings.they quite rightly want a quick return to the Premier. The chief executive's failure to spend money last January and replace the manager was a major reason for relegation. The fans want to see him put it right with onetwo quality signings. These will be expensive ,but the Club has taken in massive sums in the last 3 years!!

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    AGT

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Bienvenido Carlos. Sensible signing. Where's the Fer Snoddy Pilkington money going Mr McNally? Some of us are watching because not all shareholders are benignly stupid, je je.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • What's happening with Fer? I would've thought it would have been done by now. I hope there's no hitches ... not.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Yeah Gates, it looks like he's got his legs on back to front.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Good signing, provides good experienced depth to the back 4.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Colin and Canarywest I couldn't agree more. Of course I am happy to be proved wrong, but my thoughts are buy cheap buy twice. As I have posted on here before, I would like to see some of the prem and transfer money we are receiving invested back into the squad. Personally I would like to see at least one more CB and another CMAttacking midfielder joining us. Whilst we had a fantastic result last night our bench did look a little lightweight.

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    MellowYellow

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Defensive reinforcements are welcome and needed - I hope he retains some of his talent and ambition. The worrying bit is that he's had very little game time in the last 18 months.. slightly concerned that he was not signed by a lesser team than us (Blackburn) after they had a good look at him on trial. Hopefully who ever is conducting transfers at the moment (I've no idea who that is)has been convinced by something other than the fact that he's a freebie!

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    Irish canary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Must be for cover only. I thought Ryan Bennett was excellent in the second half last night. He snuffed out most aerial threats and was denied a goal by two quality saves from Robinson. Does this mean Bassong's days are numbered to eleven?

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    Imperial Echoes

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • All welcome in our god-box Brew, Happy Sunni Clappers and Miserable ole Shi'its !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Bit of experience at the back will certainly not hurt. City will be happy with the business this week too, Cuellar in on a free, Fer out for £10M. Cha-Ching !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • I remember he played well during Rangers progress to the Europa Lge (or was it then UEFA Cup) final in 2007. Quite a few of the games were on the box. He became persona non grata (eg. Bassong) at Villa and has done little else since. I'm thinking that he has probably shot it but happy to be wrong. He might be this season's Dion Dublin. Whither Bassong ?

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • A useful signing and I think he'll see some action before the season is over, welcome aboard Carlos.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • ... though part of me shares CW`s scepticism. I`m dedicated to converting to the Church of Happyclappery now, though. I`m trying to balance Dubya`s move to the Mosque of Moaners. Imagine minarets at each corner of Carra. Enhancing or replacing the floodlights...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Well I suppose he`s here to do a job. He has a decent pedigree; not one for the future - one for just now & just in time. Young defenders? Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough is coming on quite well... as is Ryan Bennett at Norwich. I`d like to see Turner & RyanB at CB on Sat, with Russell Martin at RB. Chances are, Whittaker will be needed at LB anyway, unless Garrido has recovered.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • CanaryWest, I'd like to think the board would spend if the right player becomes available, but there is such a dearth of talent around it's hard to do so. Anyone who can name a decent centre-half we could afford, who'd come and whose club would sell deserves a prize!

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    Colin

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Has he played since the Sunderland game in March 2013, as showed in the picture? Looks like he may have damaged a few ankle ligaments!

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    gates1664

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • We are such cheapskates. About £20m in transfer income...plus parachute payment....and we sign a free agent. The money gets banked and will disappear into a black hole just like in the bad old days.

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Not really impressed with this but happy to be proved wrong. I also see that there's not exactly a huge number of young defenders on the market either, so I understand it's a case of taking what's on offer and we certainly needed at least one defender. Just hope he's not a has-been whose desire has deserted him. 5 starts for a poor Sunderland last season doesn't enthuse.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Let's have him alongside Turner on Saturday lunchtime

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Good player. I was at match at the Stadium of Light in March 2013 shown in the picture and I recall that he had a pretty good game and up until the sending off (and after for that matter) was probably Sunderland's best player and certainly kept NCFC's score to just one.

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    ScotCan

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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