Leicester City have announced that Harvey Barnes has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2025.
The rapid winger still had three years remaining on his previous deal, but his impressive performances convinced the club to offer him an extended contract with improved terms.
After the Foxes revealed Barnes’ decision to commit his future to his boyhood club, the highly-rated 23-year-old stated it was an easy call for him to put pen to paper.
“I’ve been here for so many years now; it feels like home. For me, it was a no-brainer. Of course, I wanted to extend my stay here,” Barnes told LCFC TV.
“It’s been something that’s been going on in the background, and to sign now is great. It’s right at the start of a new season as well, which I know everyone is excited about.”
The Englishman was in fabulous form last term, bagging 13 goals and providing a further four assists in 35 appearances for the Foxes until a serious injury picked up in March ended his season.
His impressive displays in the early stages of the campaign earned him his first and only England cap in a friendly against Wales in October, and he was tipped to make Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020 as a result.
However, his fitness issues ruled Barnes out for contention for a place in the Three Lions squad for the European Championship over the summer, leaving the youngster disappointed.
Barnes has bounced back admirably, though, putting in two solid performances at the start of 2020/21, helping Brendan Rodgers’ charges claim the Community Shield and three points against Wolves over the weekend.
The academy graduates’ show of commitment will undoubtedly have the Leicester supporters absolutely buzzing with excitement, ending any speculation over his immediate future.
Premier League giants Liverpool were said to have a “concrete interest” in Barnes this summer, but his new deal will halt talk of an imminent exit, allowing the club’s fans and Rodgers alike to breathe a sigh of relief.