Leicester City, according to Trevor Sinclair, will be hesitant to let Kasper Schmeichel go for OGC Nice, despite reports to the contrary.
As the conclusion of his 11-year stay at City looms, the Dane is expected to join the French side, having previously indicated his desire to move on before the end of his playing days.
However, City must find a successor for the 35-year-old before he leaves. Danny Ward or Daniel Iversen might be promoted to first-choice if the Foxes haven’t made any new signings this summer.
Sinclair, on the other hand, disagrees. “The Kasper Schmeichel issue is intriguing,” he said on talkSPORT. “Negotiations on a long-term contract had stalled by the middle of May, and Schmeichel had one year remaining on his deal.
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“If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to play in Europe with Leicester, you’ll know that Nice is in Europe, albeit in the Conference League, but they can still provide him with European football.
“My opinion is that Leicester will be reluctant to let him leave, but I’m not sure they feel Danny Ward, even when fit, will be able to step up and become their permanent No. 1 in the Premier League. A new age has begun, and one of its few remaining survivors is goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who led Chelsea to the Premier League triumph in 2013.” Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos has been linked to City.
Schmeichel signed a new five-year contract with Leicester City on August 6, 2016, despite speculation that he might leave the club after helping the club win the Premier League title in 2015–16. It was Schmeichel’s first appearance of the season, against Manchester United in the FA Community Shield, and the reigning champions lost 2–1.
Ron-Robert Zieler’s debut as a Premier League goalkeeper came to an end against newly promoted Hull City at the start of the season. Hull City went on to defeat champions Chelsea 2–1 after Schmeichel was beaten twice.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech suffered a hand fracture in the first half of a Champions League match against F.C. Copenhagen on November 2 after missing three games in September with a groin issue.
However, Schmeichel played through the pain to earn his fourth clean sheet in as many Champions League games despite the injury. He denied Andreas Cornelius with a last-gasp save. Zieler took Schmeichel’s position in goal after he had surgery two days later. Schmeichel was supposed to be out for six weeks.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the club’s chairman, spoke with many players following the team’s 2–1 Champions League loss to Sevilla on February 22, which led to manager Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal. Schmeichel vehemently refuted the allegations, calling them “extremely cruel” in his response.
Joaquin Correa and Steven Nzonzi both had a penalty saved by Schmeichel as Leicester progressed 3–2 on aggregate in their Champions League last 16 clashes with Sevilla.
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