Whitbread has been a fixture at King Power Stadium since his July 2012 switch from Norwich City, with whom he won promotion to the top-flight in 2011.
The American-born defender is known for his reading of the game, tackling and considerable aerial ability – all qualities which persuaded Nigel Pearson to sign the former Liverpool man.
Whitbread got his footballing education in Liverpool’s Academy, where he rose through the ranks to make his first team debut in a 3-0 win League Cup over Millwall in the Reds’ 2004-05 Champions League winning campaign.
After impressing during a spell on-loan with Millwall the following season, Whitbread made a permanent switch to the Lions in 2006, eventually clocking up well over 100 appearances in total.
In January 2010 Whitbread swapped London for Norfolk as he joined then League One side Norwich City, and went on to win back-to-back promotions before helping the Canaries to a 12th placed Premier League finish in 2011/12.
Since joining City from Norwich on a free transfer, injury has restricted Whitbread to 17 appearances in a blue shirt during 2012/13, including his first Leicester goal in a 4-1 win over Derby.