Belfast Telegraph

Schmeichel signs new Foxes deal

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new four-year deal with the Barclays Premier League newcomers.

Like many of the Foxes' promotion heroes, Schmeichel was out of contract in the summer but the highly-rated 27-year-old has now committed his long-term future to the club.

The Denmark international was an ever-present for Nigel Pearson's side during the 2013-14 league season as Leicester stormed to the Sky Bet Championship title with a club-record 102 points.

Schmeichel's performances, which included scoring a stoppage-time equaliser against Yeovil at the King Power Stadium in March, saw him named in the PFA Championship team of the season for the second successive year.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, himself out of contract this summer and yet to sign a new deal, told the club's official website, "I'm delighted that Kasper will be staying with us; it's terrific news for our club and fully deserved recognition for his application and consistency, certainly during my time here.

"Kasper has been as driven as anyone to help take this club back to the Premier League and now that we have achieved that, he fully deserves the opportunity to play at that level.

"A player of his quality will have had a number of options available to him, but he wants to remain part of what we're doing at Leicester, which says a lot for where we're going as a football club."

Schmeichel has always reiterated his desire to remain with Leicester despite interest from several other clubs.

Hull tried to sign him last summer while more recently AC Milan, Arsenal and Southampton have all been linked with moves for the former Manchester City trainee.

After committing his future to the club, he said: ''I'm tremendously proud to sign for this great club again.

"Leicester has felt like home since the day I arrived three years ago and always felt like the right choice for me.

''I was always confident that my future would be sorted once we achieved our objective of winning promotion to the Premier League and I'd like to thank the owners and the manager for making it happen.

"I can't wait to play for this club in the Premier League. With the management team we have and the squad already here plus new additions arriving, we've got a great chance of having a great season.''

Since being brought to Leicester from Leeds on a free transfer by former Foxes boss Sven-Goran Eriksson in June 2011, Schmeichel has established himself as a key figure in the City squad and has made over 150 appearances for the club.

He has also had spells with Darlington, Bury, Falkirk, Cardiff, Coventry and Notts County during his career, totalling more than 300 appearances.

Schmeichel made eight Premier League appearances during his time with Manchester City, which included a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Manchester United - the club for whom his father, Peter, represented with some distinction for almost a decade during the 1990s.


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