Why Leicester’s deal for 31-year-old World Cup star could be the most important one of the summer

New deal for Kasper Schmeichel is massive for both the club and the player

Despite an unfortunate loss to Manchester United on the opening day, Leicester City have looked impressive and confident under Claude Puel. The Foxes subsequently picked up consecutive wins against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton.

Leicester will also be buoyed by the fact that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new contract agreement with the club. The Dane has signed a 5-year contract that should essentially keep him at the King Power until 2023. (Sky Sports)

The son of legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Kasper has started to show signs of replicating his father’s greatness. The Dane has played a key role for Leicester City after making the move from Leeds United in 2011. He played a peripheral role in their promotion from the Championship to the Premier League and an even bigger one in Leicester’s fairy tale title-winning season under Claudio Ranieri.

Schmeichel was also in scintillating form for Denmark at the World Cup, putting in a string of excellent displays to guide the team to the round of 16. The 31-year-old kept clean sheets against Peru and France as Denmark met Croatia in the following round.

The eventual finalists were fortunate to make their way through that night, with the Leicester goalkeeper stopping a Luka Modric penalty and keeping out two more spot-kicks. Croatia ultimately qualified on the night but it was Peter’s expression that said it all. The former Manchester United man was in a celebratory mood as his son won the nation’s hearts.

Kasper Schmeichel is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League right now and will continue to perform at this level for a few more years. After his strong performance this summer, according to Sky Sports, both Chelsea and Roma were interested in acquiring his services. But the Foxes have beaten off all competition to keep their talisman at the club.

Kasper Schmeichel

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It was a massive statement of intent from the club who already saw Riyad Mahrez depart to the Etihad this summer. It’s absolutely vital that a club hold onto their best players in order to maintain their momentum and consistency in the league. Holding onto Kasper Schmeichel will definitely pay dividends for the Foxes as the season goes on.

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