Leicester’s in-demand star signs new contract

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new five-year contract at the King Power Stadium, with the English champions confirming the news on their official website.

The Danish goalkeeper has always lived in the shadow of famous father Peter, who was a stalwart in Manchester United’s glory years.

However, Schmeichel junior has come into his own in recent times and played an essential role in Claudio Ranieri’s men winning the Premier League against all the odds last season.

Talk has been rife in the media that a host of other English teams were considering moves for the custodian, especially after Ron-Robert Zieler moved to the Kind Powers Stadium – but the new deal puts an end to the speculation.

Schmeichel admitted that he was delighted to pen an extension with the Foxes and was looking forward to the new season beginning.

“I’m just buzzing and I can’t wait for the season to get started,” he said.

“It was a very easy decision. It was a case of coming back after winning the Premier League and making sure that the hunger was the same within myself and the squad. I’ve come back absolutely convinced that this is the place for me to be.

“We’ve taken some massive steps and ever since I arrived it’s been fantastic. I’ve loved being here from minute one.”

Schmeichel will feature in the Community Shield today as Leicester face FA Cup winners United at Wembley.