Big Leicester City deal agreed after six-way contract battle won

Big Leicester City deal agreed after six-way contract battle won

Wilfred Ndidi is said to be close to signing a new contract with Leicester City, with the midfielder set to reject offers from other clubs to remain at the King Power Stadium.

Reports on Wednesday evening said Ndidi will sign a three-year contract at City, which would take his time at the club beyond a decade. His new deal will also include a release clause, it is said.

City confirmed in early June that they had submitted a contract offer to Ndidi before his previous deal expired. That contract expired at the end of last month, and the Nigerian is officially a free agent as things stand.

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After a high-profile career in the top flight, where he established himself as one of the most prolific possession-winners in the game, widespread interest in Ndidi was expected. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that Ndidi has received five contract offers from other clubs, with the 27-year-old linked with the likes of Everton, Marseille and Sevilla in recent weeks.

If Ndidi re-signs with City, it would be a boost for Steve Cooper’s side, but it would leave the new manager to figure out how best to use him. Enzo Maresca has converted the Nigerian into an attacking midfielder, with no room for a ball-winner in his setup. But with City hoping to do more defending in the Premier League, it could be that Ndidi will return to his old role.

In each of his first four full seasons in the Premier League, Ndidi ranked in the top two in the division for combined tackles and interceptions. However, the last time he played in a defensive midfield role, he suffered a significant dip in form which proved extremely costly as City were relegated to the Championship.

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