Saturday 24 May 2014
Aston Villa winger hits landmark goal against Arsenal in December 2011
Leicester City have continued their summer recruitment in preparation for their return to the Barclays Premier League with the announcement of the signing of Marc Albrighton on a four-year deal from 1 July.
The 24-year-old will join on a free transfer when his contract with Aston Villa expires at the end of June. Albrighton has been with Villa for 16 years but injuries limited his appearances in the Barclays Premier League to 86 since making his debut during the 2009/10 season. Of the seven league goals he scored, one, against Arsenal on 21 December 2011 ,was the 20,000th in the Barclays Premier League.
Albrighton told lcfc.com how “thrilled” he was to be joining.
“Everything about Leicester City is moving forward at the moment and it’s going to be a great Football Club to be a part of,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this fresh challenge with Leicester.
“I’ve spoken to the manager and I know he has big plans, so I just can’t wait to get started and be involved. Before I joined I spoke to a few people and nobody had a bad word to say about the manager or the Club, so I’m delighted to have everything agreed for the new season.
“I’m a direct player who is very positive with the ball and who likes to cross. All strikers say they like crosses in the box, and they can guarantee that I’ll be doing that for them.”
Albrighton is Leicester manager Nigel Pearson’s fourth free signing of the month, joining goalkeeper Ben Hamer, defender Matthew Upson and forward Jack Barmby.