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OFFICIAL: Schmeichel Joins Nice After 11 Years At Leicester

OFFICIAL: Schmeichel Joins Nice After 11 Years At Leicester

Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has joined Ligue 1 club OGC Nice after spending 11 years at Leicester City.

The Foxes announced Schmeichel’s departure in a statement on their website on Wednesday.

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Schmeichel joined Leicester in 2011 from Leeds United and helped them win the Championship, Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield.

The statement from Leicester read:“Goalkeeper and Club Captain Kasper Schmeichel will join Ligue 1 side OGC Nice, ending an 11-year association with the Football Club that sees him leave with his status firmly secured as one of greatest players in Leicester City history.

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“The 35-year-old, who lifted the Premier League, FA Cup, Community Shield and Championship trophies after signing from Leeds United in 2011, joins the French side for an undisclosed fee, subject to international and league approval.

“Schmeichel, who sits third in Leicester City’s all-time appearance list having played 479 times during 11 historic seasons for the Football Club, has been a key figure in the unprecedented period of success seen under King Power’s ownership.

“The Danish international has been at the heart of countless memorable moments, including the Football Club’s Premier League title victory in 2015/16 and the Foxes’ maiden FA Cup win in 2020/21. His passion, leadership and consistency helped lay the foundations for a period of sustained success never before seen at Leicester City and will leave his name written proudly in the Club’s history books.

“Having joined from Leeds in 2011, Schmeichel’s presence in goal for the Club would prove to be one of the key building blocks for a side that would go on to stun the footballing world just a few years later, but his talent and abilities were already well known to all City fans.

“His performances during the 2013/14 Championship title victory saw him named in the Team of the Season and subsequent Championship Team of the Decade, while his return from injury during Leicester’s first season in the Premier League in 2014/15 coincided with a remarkable turnaround in fortunes to ensure a survival famously remembered as ‘The Great Escape’.”

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