Northern Ireland star Jonny Evans was the “bargain of the century” for Leicester City, according to Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers.
In 2018, centre-back Evans joined Leicester from West Brom in a £3.5m deal having left Manchester United for the Baggies three years earlier.
Evans was a three-time Premier League winner with the Old Trafford club and his shock exit is still viewed as a major error by United, whose defensive frailties have gone from bad to worse in recent times.
Now 34, Evans is one of the most highly-rated defenders in English football and a player that Rodgers raves about and loves working with at Leicester.
“Jonny has been a brilliant player for me. Coming into Leicester knowing I had someone like that in my squad was hugely beneficial,” Rodgers told the Belfast Telegraph.
“What Jonny stands for on and off the pitch in terms of his standards and mentality and his performances on the field, he has been huge for the club. He is a good man as well and I have enjoyed working with him both on and off the pitch.
“I’ve watched Jonny from he was a young player so I was aware of him from when I was working at Chelsea with the youth. I saw him play one of his first ever games for Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and he was colossal on the day.
“He would only have been 20 and I was thinking, ‘Northern Ireland have a big player here’. He did really well at United, playing a lot of games and winning a lot of trophies.
“For me he is the identity of a Manchester United player and is a top player but unfortunately for him he had to leave. He played some really good football at West Brom and then Leicester were able to get the bargain of the century. To get a player of his mentality, quality and profile has been brilliant for the club.”