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James pens new Foxes deal

Midfielder Matty James has signed a new four-year contract with Barclays Premier League newcomers Leicester that will keep him at the club until June 2018.

The 22-year-old was the lynchpin in the Foxes' midfield as they sealed promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season, playing 39 times in all competitions, and winning the club's young player of the year award.

"I'm absolutely buzzing, I can't think of any other way to describe it. Heading into the Premier League, after the unbelievable season we've just had - to sign a four-year deal with this club is just fantastic," James said.

"For any club to offer you a long-term contract is a big compliment and shows a lot of faith in your potential, but to be offered one by a club as ambitious as Leicester City is something else."

Manager Nigel Pearson was delighted to tie down James, who joined Leicester in 2012 after starting his career with Manchester United.

Pearson said: "Matty has contributed an enormous amount to the group during the last two seasons - both with his performances on the pitch and with what he brings to the group off it.

"Nobody recognises his value to the squad more than his team mates.

"We watched him for a long time before he joined us and we were always confident that, given the opportunity to play regularly, he could be a big asset for us.

"He's a great lad, he works hard at his game and he's only just about to turn 23, so he clearly has time to improve even further."

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