Wednesday 04 June 2014
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has signed a new contract that will keep him at the newly promoted Barclays Premier League club until 2018.
The 27-year-old, who played every minute of every match in Leicester's title-winning season in the Championship, has signed a new four-year deal.
"I'm tremendously proud to sign for this great club again," the Dane told the club website. "Leicester has felt like home since the day I arrived three years ago and always felt like the right choice for me. I was always confident that my future would be sorted once we achieved our objective of winning promotion to the Premier League and I'd like to thank the owners and the manager for making it happen.
"Kasper has been as driven as anyone to help take this club back to the Premier League"
"I can't wait to play for this club in the Premier League. With the management team we have and the squad already here plus new additions arriving, we’ve got a great chance of having a great season."
Schmeichel, son of former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter, played a key role in Leicester's successful campaign, conceding only 43 goals and helping his side win the title with a record 102 points.
His performances in 2013/14 earned him a place in the Professional Footballers' Association Championship Team of the Season.
"I'm delighted that Kasper will be staying with us; it's terrific news for our club and fully deserved recognition for his application and consistency, certainly during my time here," said Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson. "Kasper has been as driven as anyone to help take this club back to the Premier League and now that we have achieved that, he fully deserves the opportunity to play at that level.
"A player of his quality will have had a number of options available to him, but he wants to remain part of what we're doing at Leicester, which says a lot for where we're going as a football club."
Schmeichel began his career at Manchester City, where he made eight Barclays Premier League appearances, keeping four clean sheets. He had loan spells at Darlington, Bury, Falkirk, Cardiff City and Coventry City before joining Notts County in 2009. Schmeichel moved to Leeds United in 2010 and a year later he made the switch to Leicester.
The Dane has made over 150 appearances for Leicester in his three seasons at the King Power Stadium. He will face competition for the No 1 jersey from Ben Hamer, who has been signed from Charlton Athletic.