Sports Desk, Aug 3 (EFE).- OGC Nice confirmed Wednesday the acquisition of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester City for an undisclosed sum.
“Viking Coming,” the Ligue 1 side said in a post on social media alluding to the 35-year-old Danish international’s Scandinavian heritage.
Nice, who finished fifth last season, were in the market for a keeper to replace Walter Benitez, who left the French Riviera earlier this summer for PSV Eindhoven.
“Throughout his time with us and particularly as a captain and vice-captain, Kasper has always been a player willing to stand up and take responsibility, leading the team with distinction,” Leicester City chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said.
The Dane played nearly 500 matches for the Foxes and was central to their odds-defying Premier League title run in 2015-2016 and to Leicester’s 2021 FA Cup triumph.
“Hello everybody. Today is a very strange day for me. Today is the day my Leicester City career comes to an end, and a new chapter begins – a new chapter that I’m incredibly excited about,” Schmeichel said in a video farewell to the team’s supporters.
“It’s been more than just a club to me, it’s been a place where I’ve made lifelong friends and memories – it has been my home. Thank you for your unwavering support – you are what makes this club so special,” he said.
Nice won the French top-flight four times in the 1950s, but haven’t hoisted a trophy since winning the Coupe de France in 1997.
Amid speculation about the possible departure of Schmeichel, Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers said that in the event of a vacancy, he would have the side’s two other keepers, Danny Ward and Daniel Iversen, compete for the starting job. EFE atc/dr