Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City’s deadline-day signing Filip Benkovic made his debut for under-23s in their Premier League 2 opener against Swansea City on Monday night.

The Croatia under-21 international joined the Foxes from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year contract in a move worth a reported £13 million on deadline day. Benkovic made 30 appearances in all competitions for Zagreb last season and helped the club secure the Croatian league and cup double last season. The 6ft 4in defender was handed a prompt debut for the under-23s, completing the full 90 minutes alongside Darnell Johnson at centre-back as the development side kept a clean sheet. On Benkovic's debut, under-23s manager Steve Beagehole said: "Filip, you can see his quality. He’s got great size, he’s comfortable on the ball, good in the air. At times, he was maybe a little bit casual, but he’s just finding his feet, he’s only just come to the club. I’m sure it’ll be a great acquisition."
Aug 14 - 5:30 PM

Caglar Soyuncu became Leciester City's seventh and final signing of the summer window when he completed a £19 million move from Bundesliga side Freiburg on deadline day.

The 22-year-old agreed to personal terms, underwent a medical and put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the King Power Stadium. Leicester announced the deal an hour after the deadline had passed, but the club is understood to have completed the required paperwork on time. While Soyuncu could granted a work permit this week, it is unlikely he will be ready to face Wolverhampton on Saturday. The highly-rated centre-back made 50 appearances in Bundesliga during two seasons at Freiburg while also being capped 16 times for Turkey. The ball-playing centre-back will compete with Filip Benkovic and Wes Morgan to provide depth behind Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans in central defence.
Aug 14 - 5:10 PM

Leicester City struggled to overcome a second-rate, yet still formidable Manchester United in a 2-1 loss on Friday.

The majority of Leicester City’s headlines this week involved Harry Maguire heading to Old Trafford, but as Claude Puel joked, he was only in Manchester for a few hours. Instead, the Foxes struggled to make an effort against Manchester United without Riyad Mahrez. It took a 93rd minute goal from Jamie Vardy, who came of the bench, to salvage a goal against an otherwise strong effort from the hosts. But the new-look Foxes debuted Rachid Ghezzal, Riccardo Pereira and James Maddison in the season opener, which was spoiled by goals from Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 10 - 5:51 PM

Jamie Vardy has been inked to a four-year deal to stay at the King Power Stadium.

While most of the offseason has been centered around filling the Riyad Mahrez sized hole at Leicester, Jamie Vardy has been ready and waiting to lead the line for the Foxes. The 31-year-old is coming off of a season in which he scored 20 goals and will look to hit double-digit goals for the fourth straight year this season.
Aug 9 - 11:02 PM

Leicester City officially announced the signing of AS Monaco winger Richad Ghezzal on a four-year contract.

The 26-year-old has joined the Foxes for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be around £12 million, and becomes the club's fifth signing of the summer. A skilful right-winger who likes to cut inside and take on defenders, Ghezzal will be tasked with sharing the creative load following the departure of Riyad Mahrez. The Algeria international began his career at Lyon and enjoyed his most prolific campaign in 2015/16 when he scored eight goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances. He moved to Monaco at the start of last season and featured 33 times for the club in 2017-18, supplying two goals and four assists in 26 league appearances. Speaking to LCFC TV, Ghezzal said: "I’m very excited and very happy to be here. I know the coach from Lyon, and this is where I want to be. It’s a good Club and an ambitious one too. Leicester City has many great players, and I hope we will have a great season."
Aug 5 - 4:53 PM

Ahmed Musa has left Leicester City to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr on a permanent deal.

The Nigeria international was the Foxes' record signing when he moved to the King Power Stadium from CSKA Moscow for £16.6m in 2016. However, Musa did not perform well enough to justify his price tag or regular minutes and was loaned back to his old club CSKA for the second half of last season. The 25-year-old scored six goals in 10 Premier Liga appearances for CSKA and rediscovered his form at the World Cup with Nigeria, but it wasn't enough to earn a place in manager Claude Puel's plans for the forthcoming season. Musa, who has signed a four-year contract with Al-Nassr, departs after scoring just five goals in 32 appearances for Leicester.
Aug 3 - 2:10 PM

Leicester could be without Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy for the trip to Old Trafford in game week one.

Manager Claude Puel was speaking after sides 1-1 draw with Valencia and revealed the two England internationals are a major doubt as they will not rejoin the group until Monday: "If we are serious I think they cannot participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team," he said. "They normally need more time, but we will see together with calm. We try to give good game time to work with the team and to make progress with their fitness, and it is important to respect this and to prevent injury." The form of Kelechi Iheanacho since his return could help to soften the blow in attack, two goals in his last two appearances, but with Jonny Evans struggling due to injury, the Foxes have concerns defensively. Captain Wes Morgan is a shoo-in to start at Old Trafford but one potential partner, Yohan Benalouane, was culpable for the last night’s equaliser and looked way off the pace.
Aug 2 - 6:48 AM

Kelechi Iheanacho scored his second goal of pre-season to earn Leicester City a 1-1 draw with La Liga outfit Valencia on Wednesday.

Iheanacho deputised for Jamie Vardy up front with summer signing James Maddison operating in the number 10 role behind him, and the pair combined to produce the opening goal after 11 minutes. Some persistent attacking play from Maddison eventually saw the ball fall to Iheanacho who rifled home from close range. With Vardy is still on leave after his World Cup ventures and not due back in training until four days before the match against Manchester United, Iheanacho could lead the Foxes attack in the season opener at Old Trafford.
Aug 2 - 12:06 AM

Claude Puel has been left sweating on the availability of summer signing Jonny Evans after the experienced defender picked up an unspecified injury during the friendly defeat to Udinese on Saturday.

The Foxes could, potentially, be without their two first-choice centre-backs for their trip to Old Trafford on August 10 with Harry Maguire yet to return following his involvement at the World Cup. Evans has been ruled out of the club’s remaining pre-season fixtures along with midfielder Papy Mendy who picked up an injury in the same match. "Jonny just felt something in the last game and will not be available for the next two games," confirmed Puel ahead of the clash with Valencia on Wednesday. "Papy is the same thing. He will not be fit for the next friendly games and we will see for the first game, but I have a doubt." Captain Wes Morgan could come into the heart of defence and start alongside Yohan Benalouane who played just once in the league during 2017/18.
Aug 1 - 10:00 AM

Leicester City manager Claude Puel shot down rumors of a summer exit for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

After an impressive World Cup with Denmark this summer, rumors have been swirling about the goalkeeper's future, especially after the Foxes secured the £12.5 million move for Liverpool keeper Danny Ward last week. The 31-year-old has started nearly every Premier League game since the beginning of the club's shocking title-winning season in 2015/16 season. But Puel denied rumors of a change in goal this summer: I am not troubled about this. Of course Kasper is a very important player for us. He had a very strong World Cup. We need Kasper, with his character, his performance and his consistency."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 25 - 3:05 PM

Leicester City began their pre-season campaign with a positive result as Claude Puel's side overcame an early deficit to beat Notts County 4-1 on Saturday.

New signings Jonny Evans and James Maddison were handed their debuts on Saturday afternoon, while promising 19-year-old fullback Darnell Johnson was the only outfielder to complete the full 90 minutes. Trailing by one with 26 minutes on the clock, Wes Morgan controlled a Maddison corner and volleyed home to level the match. Three minutes later the Foxes took the lead when Hamaz Choudary stole the ball at the edge of the box and fired into the bottom corner. Demarai Gray extended the lead shortly after the break, driving past a pair of defenders before slotting home with his left foot from a sharp angle. Substitute Islam Slimani, who has been linked with a return to Sporting Lisbon, added the fourth in the 76th minute.
Jul 23 - 7:18 PM

Leicester City have completed the signing of goalkeeper Danny Ward from Liverpool for a fee of £12.5 million.

The 25-year-old leaves Anfield just a day after Liverpool signed AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson for a fee of £65m. Following the departure of Ben Hamer for Huddersfield Town this summer, Ward arrives to bring competition to Leicester's goalkeeping ranks as he joins fellow keepers Kasper Schmeichel and Eldin Jakupović. The Welsh international is expected to serve as the understudy of Schmeichel, though he could be thrust into the first-choice role if the Dane was to leave amid interest from Chelsea and Roma. Speaking to LCFC TV, Ward said: "I’m delighted to be here and I’m really looking forward to the future with this Football Club. I’ve come here to develop my all-round game and hopefully help deliver some more success. The Club has had that in recent years and hopefully there’s more to come in the future."
Jul 20 - 5:01 PM

The Premier League has been well-represented in a leaked version of FIFA’s World Cup team of the tournament.

Almost half, five, of the starting XI came from sides within the English top-flight, and, as always, the results were the cause of much debate. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris managed to edge out Golden Glove winner [most clean sheets] Thibaut Courtois while two England stars were included, but probably ‘not’ the duo you would have expected to see. Ashley Young scooped the award for best left-back with international team-mate Kieran Trippier earning the honours on the opposite flank. Surprisingly, there was no Harry Maguire as France centre-back Raphael Varane (fair enough) partnered Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren(!), go figure. N’Golo Kante was somehow overlooked following a string of excellent performances with the decidedly average Paulinho chosen in the holding role alongside Player of the Tournament Luka Modric. Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard made up the Premier League contingent for his contribution in helping Belgium secure third-place.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 18 - 1:44 AM

Ahmed Musa has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr for a hefty fee of £40 million.

The Nigeria international raised his profile at the World Cup, where he scored the match-winning brace against Iceland in the group stages. Despite a strong showing in Russia, Musa seems likely to leave the King Power Stadium having failed to show his potential since signing two summers ago from CSKA Moscow for a fee of around £16 million. The 25-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at CKSA, has made just four appearances for Leicester since Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February 2017.
Jul 16 - 5:06 PM

Jamie Vardy and World Cup sensation Harry Maguire could miss Leicester City’s opening Premier League fixture following their involvement in Russia.

Vardy was nothing more than a bit-part player during the tournament, starting just one game [157 minutes], as Gareth Southgate entrusted captain Harry Kane with England’s goal scoring responsibilities. However, Maguire, came to prominence on the world’s biggest stage following a string of outstanding performances with the centre-back starting every game, bar one, during the tournament. Both players will be given additional time-off to recover from their summer exertions. "It will be difficult to manage all of the international players when they come back because it will be important to find again the good focus and good concentration," manager Claude Puel told LCFC.com. "For some players with England [Vardy and Maguire], perhaps they will come back just 15 days before the beginning of the season, we will see." Leicester kick-off their campaign at Old Trafford as part of Friday night football on August 10.
Jul 15 - 3:56 AM


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