Leicester City captain and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel joined Ligue 1 side Nice after 11 years with the Foxes. The 35-year-old made 479 appearances for the Foxes, helping them gain promotion to the top-flight in 2014 and winning the league title two seasons after. He also won the FA Cup and Community Shield at King’s Power Stadium. Follow us for the Premier League restart updates.
“OGC Nice and Leicester City have reached an agreement on the transfer of Kasper Schmeichel,” Nice said in a statement. “The 35-year-old goalkeeper will now wear the red-and-black shirt. The Danish follows Aaron Ramsey, who moved to France after Juventus terminated his contract, to become the second high-profile player to join Nice. Don’t miss the latest soccer predictions today.
Schmeichel sits third in Leicester’s all-time appearance list and hailed as “one of (the) greatest players in Leicester City history. “After 11 incredible seasons, I’ve made the difficult decision to leave Leicester,” Schmeichel wrote on Twitter. “It’s been more than just a club to me, it’s been a place where I’ve made lifelong friends and memories – it has been my home.” The Foxes finished eighth in the Premier League.
According to reports, Schmeichel agreed to a three-year contract with the French club for a £1-million fee. Leicester remains steady this summer window as they are the only club in Europe’s top five leagues not to have signed a player ahead of the new season. Head coach Brendan Rogers admitted that the club is managing their finances carefully. Leicester chairman commented on Schmeichel’s departure.
“Throughout his time with us and particularly as a captain and vice-captain, Kasper has always been a player willing to stand up and take responsibility, leading the team with distinction,” Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said. “His influence and his leadership on and off the pitch speak volumes about him as a professional, as a football player and as a human being.”
He added: “It’s clear to everyone who has watched him perform that Kasper has given everything to Leicester City every time he has played and the experiences shared between him, the club and our supporters over the last 11 years mean he will always remain a part of this family.” Leicester reached the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League last season, before losing to eventual winners Roma.
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