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Gokhan Inler swaps Napoli for Leicester

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Leicester City Football Club have announced the signing of Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler.

The veteran centre-mid has signed a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium after the Serie A side agreed to sell him ending his four year association with the club.

Inler has signed for Leicester for an undisclosed fee and could be in line to start his first game this weekend when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the King Power.

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Inler's Career so Far

During his time in Italy with Napoli, the Swiss international made over 100 appearances, and before his time there, he made over 100 league appearances for Udinese.

Inler's move to the Premier League ends his eight year career in Serie A, and he's revealed his delight at completing the switch.

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The 31-year-old has joined up with Claudio Ranieri and has been given the number 31 shirt ahead of his first campaign in England.

Ranieri's men are already on a high after winning their first two league games, and the arrival of an experienced player like Inler will only boost morale around the club.

Leicester were in need of a strong centre-midfielder after Esteban Cambiasso left the club after just a year there, and Inler was the man Ranieri wanted.

After arriving at Leicester, Inler spoke to the club's official website and revealed his delight at completing the move.

Player Statement

“I’m very happy and proud to play here because we’ve been in discussions for a long time,” said Inler, speaking exclusively to Foxes Player HD. “I’ve spoken with the manager and I’m very happy to be here because it’s a nice team. I’ve watched them lots of times and I like them.

“The manager was important for me, also the Director Jon Rudkin and the owners. For me the whole package was very positive because they wanted me and now I’ll give everything.

“For me it was not so easy because I had many, many teams [chasing me] but in the end I decided with my heart and I came Leicester City.

“I feel this is like a family. I saw the games and the fans are behind the team. I like this very much. My impression is very positive. The team fight every minute and I like it because the fans want this. We must show them this every game on the pitch.

“I’m ready. I had a good preparation in pre-season and now I’m ready to give everything for this Club.

“I hope I can give my best in the team. My quality will be to provide the passes to the front and with the fast players we’ve got I think it will be a great mix.

“I think in Italy everybody speaks about the tactics. Everyday there we practice tactics, but English football is fast both physically and tactically. I’m in the best league in the world and I’m happy.

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