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Karlsson reveals Larsson admiration

Sunderland new boy David Moberg Karlsson is hoping to emulate compatriot Sebastian Larsson as he prepares to launch his career on Wearside.

The 19-year-old Swede has watched senior international Larsson from afar during his time in the Barclays Premier League and is looking forward to linking up with him at the Stadium of Light.

Karlsson told the club's official website: "I have seen Seb for many years now when he was a young player and I looked at the Barclays Premier League. I looked at him playing football for a long time, so I'm a big fan."

He added: "I talked to [former Black Cat] Tobias [Hysen, a team-mate at Gothenburg] about Sunderland before my move; he talked well about Sunderland, the city as well, so it's great.

"I have heard about how the fans are crazy about games. It's fun, you want passion in football - that's why you play."

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