Schmeichel leaves Leicester a legend as he ends 11-year tenure to join French side Nice

Schmeichel leaves Leicester a legend as he ends 11-year tenure to join French side Nice

Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed for Ligue 1 club Nice, ending his 11-year stay with Leicester City.

The 35-year-old won the Championship, a Premier League title, an FA Cup and the Community Shield with the Foxes. He also helped the club reach the Champions League quarter-finals in 2016/17.

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Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “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.

“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.

“I know Leicester City supporters share the respect we all have for a player of Kasper’s standing after all his accomplishments as a footballer and captain and will join me in wishing him the very best for the next stage of his career in France with OGC Nice.

“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.”

Denmark international Schmeichel joined the Foxes from Leeds in 2011 and was a pivotal figure throughout the most successful period in the club’s history.

He made 478 appearances for the Premier League club and will replace Walter Benitez at Nice following the Argentine’s move to PSV.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers will now have Danny Ward and fellow Dane Daniel Iversen to choose from ahead of his side’s league opener against Brentford this weekend.

The Foxes are the only Premier League team yet to make a first-team signing in the summer transfer window.

Schmeichel’s £1million move will not fund a big-money deal, but they are expected to bring in a new ‘keeper.

They have been linked with Benfica’s Odysseas Vlachodimos, as per Portuguese newspaper Record.

It is believed that Benfica will ask for between €15m and €20m for the 28-year-old Greek.

Vlachodimos has registered 65 clean sheets in 169 games across all competitions for the Lisbon outfit.

Another goalkeeper they have been linked with is Nantes shot-stopper Alban Lafont.

The 23-year-old is one of the most promising goalkeepers in France and had a stellar 21/22 campaign. He is expected to cost around €20m.

Source: All The News – Football365

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