Kasper Schmeichel has turned down the chance to join Arsenal and instead opted to sign a new four-year deal with Leicester City, according to the Daily Express.
The Danish goalkeeper, son of legendary Manchester United stopper Peter Schmeichel, was out of contract with the Foxes, and speculation in recent weeks had hit overdrive regarding whether or not he would be poached by a Premier League side. Leicester’s promotion to England’s elite division, and Schmeichel’s impressive performances which aided it, offered credence to the idea that he was on the radar of a host of top sides, and the Express even claims he was offered a deal by Arsene Wenger.
It’s thought that the Gunners are stepping up their efforts to bring in someone who will give current No.1 Wojciech Szczesny real competition for his spot, and with Lukasz Fabianski and Emmanuel Viviano set to depart north London this summer they are in need of another ‘keeper. However it now appears that they will be forced to turn to other options, as Schmeichel has pledged his future to the King Power Stadium until 2018.
The 27-year-old took to Twitter to convey his pleasure at having cemented his future at the club, and said he was looking forward to playing in the Premier League.
He tweeted: “Delighted to commit my future to Leicester city in the Premier league, want to thank the owners and the gaffer for the support and making it happen.
"Can't wait to get the season started and to welcome our new signings.
"To our fans: thank you for your great support and encouragement the last three years. Can't wait to play in front of you in the Premier League."
Although it’s not all too damning news for the north London giants, fans may have been slightly ruffled by the rejection from arguably the Championship's best performing ‘keeper from last term. Whilst Szczesny is good when he’s on form, he has shown himself to be error-prone in the past, and if Wenger is hoping to launch a sustainable charge for major trophies then he’ll want to ensure his side are every bit as solid as their rivals from a defensive point of view.
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