English Premiership

Chilwell pens new Foxes deal

2016-07-29 09:48
Ben Chilwell (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Highly-rated defender Ben Chilwell has signed a new five-year deal at Leicester City which will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2021, the Premier League champions said on Thursday.

The 19-year-old has yet to make his league debut for Leicester but was linked with a possible move to several clubs, including Liverpool and Arsenal, during the close season.

"It's fantastic news for us. Ben is a player with a big future and I am very happy that future will be with Leicester City," manager Claudio Ranieri told the club's website (www.lcfc.com).

"Ever since I arrived in Leicester, Ben has been a young player that has shown a lot of promise. He has all the attributes you would want in a defender and shows a lot of maturity for a player of just 19."

Meanwhile, new centre back Luis Hernandez said he was looking forward to adapting to the physicality of English soccer following his move from Spanish side Sporting Gijon earlier this month.

"I am not under pressure at all. It's a challenge for me. I am with the Premier League's champions and therefore it demands the best of me," Hernandez told British media.

"First of all, I have to change my mind. Obviously, the Premier League is much more physical and much more attractive to the audience. I have to adapt myself to this situation.

With the Foxes set to embark on a maiden Champions League campaign, the 27-year-old will likely provide competition for the first-choice centre-back pairing of Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.

"But, as I said, my colleagues' welcome has been wonderful. The manager is also helping me in order to make my adaptation easier," Hernandez added.

Leicester have already fended off interest from Arsenal to keep striker Jamie Vardy, who signed a new deal last month but failed to keep influential midfielder N'Golo Kante, who joined Chelsea, while winger Riyad Mahrez's future remains uncertain.

The Foxes will kick off their title defence with a trip to the KC Stadium, where they will face promoted Hull City on August 13.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Leicester City v Stoke City, King Power Stadium 14:30
Liverpool v West Ham United, Anfield 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town, The Hawthorns 17:00
Burnley v Southampton, Turf Moor 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Watford v Everton, Vicarage Road Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 25 February 2018
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur, Selhurst Park 14:00
Manchester United v Chelsea, Old Trafford 16:05
Thursday, 01 March 2018
Arsenal v Manchester City, Emirates Stadium 21:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.