EM – Leicester sign Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard ahead of the new season

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The 29-year-old Danish defender is moving to King Power Stadium for an undisclosed fee – allegedly £ 15m – and has signed a contract until 2024.

Speaking to LCFC TV, he said: “I am very happy and really looking forward to getting started. It’s a special club that has developed very well over many years and I find the project very, very exciting, also from the outside. Being a part of it is a big deal for me.

“I know a few players and I know Kasper (Schmeichel) and Ryan (Bertrand) very well and get along well off the pitch, so it will be very easy .

“Even after my first impression of the guys in the locker room, they are a good bunch, and I’m sure I’ll settle in very quickly.”

Vestergaard, who was in the last year of his contract was in Southampton was on Leicester’s radar for 18 months but they switched back for him after Wesley Fofana broke his leg during a pre-season friendly with Villarreal.

The Foxes had started the new season in central defense, with Jonny Evans still struggling with a long-term foot problem. The Northern Irish are unlikely to be fit until after the international break next month.

Leicester have managed to register Vestergaard before the noon on Friday so the Dane can play the Wolves in his opening game of the Premier League season on Saturday .

Vestergaard has been in England for three seasons after moving from German club Borussia Mönchengladbach to Southampton in the summer of 2018.

He played in all six games in Denmark this summer when they reached the semifinals of Euro 2020

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He is the fourth addition to the King Power Stadium this summer after signing left-back Ryan Bertrand, striker Patson Daka and midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

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