Leicester sign Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Genk in £15million deal

Ndidi joins Leicester on a 5-and-a-half-year deal (Reuters)

Leicester City have signed midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Genk in a £15million deal.

The Nigerian international moves to the King Power on a five-and-a-half-year contract and is seen as a replacement for N’Golo Kante.

He will wear squad number 25 for the Foxes, who say they beat off ‘considerable competition’ to land the 20-year-old.

Ndidi helped Genk to progress to the last 32 of the Europa League as Group F winners and moves to the Premier League after two years in Belgium.

He won his first senior call-up for Nigeria in October 2015 having previously represented his country at Under-17 and Under-20 level.

Ndidi has played alongside new Leicester teammate Ahmed Musa for Nigeria twice already this season, including an appearance against Algeria and Riyad Mahrez.

Wilfred Ndidi

For a midfield player with a high rate of interceptions and tackles, Ndidi has yet to pick up a red card in his playing career so far.

It is a statistic he is very proud of, and he remains keen to preserve it, even in the high intensity league that is England.



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