Leicester City have signed Jannik Vestergaard from Premier League rivals, Southampton in a £15m deal on a three year contract.
Vestergaard joins Leicester on a three year contract until June 2024 after impressing for Southampton in the last three seasons with four goals in 79 appearances across all competitions, and will bolster the Foxes’ defence following an injury crisis after Wesley Fofana suffered a knee injury in pre-season.
Speaking to LCFC TV about his decision to join Leicester, Vestergaard said: “I’m very happy and I’m really excited to get going. It’s a special Club that has done very well over many years and I think the project is very, very exciting, even from the outside looking in. To be a part of it is a big thing for me.
The 29 year-old will now link up with ex Southampton teammate, Ryan Bertrand who moved to the King Power Stadium this summer on a free transfer, alongside Denmark teammate – Kasper Schmeichel.
Commenting on how the familiarity of Bertrand and Schmeichel will help him adapt to the new club, Vestergaard said that he expects the transition to be “very easy”, although he believes that his fellow teammates will be “a good bunch” based solely on initial impressions.
Speaking about his bond with both players, Vestergaard revealed that they “get along” on and off the pitch and teased that Schmeichel has often raved about the Foxes throughout the time that they have known one another when playing against each other or in the Denmark national team.
The Danish defender has also spoken to manager, Brendan Rogers and believes that he can help the Foxes move forward under Rogers, saying: “I believe I have qualities that can help the team and I just look forward to evolving and becoming a better player under his guidance.”
Although he is approaching the end of his prime years as a player, Vestergaard iterated that he wants to win trophies and hopefully isn’t “at the end of my development”, adding: “I’ve never felt better so I think it’s a great pairing.
“Winning trophies is something that every player dreams of and I’m no different. I’ve not had the luck yet to achieve anything like Leicester have just in recent weeks and recent months.”
Vestergaard will be eligible to make his Leicester debut at home against Wolves tomorrow (14 August 2021) at the King Power Stadium.