The final day of August used to mark the imminent close of the summer transfer window, but thanks to a new rule that deadline has already passed. This meant that the day was expected to be one with no new arrivals and perhaps a few departures for Leicester City. This came to fruition, but a more exciting piece of news developed when the club announced that Danish World Cup hero Kasper Schmeichel signed an extension that will keep him at the club until 2023.
After a remarkable World Cup there was talk of Schmeichel moving on from Leicester City with constant links to Chelsea circulating through the media, but this new deal could mean he is aiming to stay at the club for the foreseeable future. This may indicate that Schmeichel, now 31-years-old, hopes to spend the remainder of his career - or at least the better part of it - with the Foxes.
The Dane’s tenure at City will forever be synonymous with the club’s most successful period in its history. He joined from Leeds in 2011 and has been a part of the Championship title, the Great Escape, the historic Premier League title, and even a successful Champions League campaign.
The extension follows a trend for the club as they have announced similar deals for both Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi in recent weeks, while there has also reportedly been a deal in the works for Harry Maguire. These moves seem to signify the club’s ambition as they are emphasizing their desire to hold onto their best talents despite Riyad Mahrez’s protracted transfer saga coming to a close this summer.
Schmeichel’s habit of making show-stopping saves in big moments (including fairly frequent penalty saves), pushing the team forward with aggressive distribution, and vocal leadership have made him a fan-favorite over the years and that should continue for the duration of this new contract.