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Fuchs: I Didn't Want To Miss Out On City's Future

Being a valued part of Leicester City's exciting future and the faith of manager Brendan Rodgers made the decision to sign a new one-year contract at the Football Club an easy one for left-back Christian Fuchs.
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The former Austria national team captain and Premier League title-winner committed to extending his spell at King Power Stadium into a fifth season on Wednesday.

Fuchs, who has made 188 appearances for the Foxes across four competitions, including the UEFA Champions League, spoke passionately about the Foxes' 2019/20 ambitions.

Under Rodgers, Leicester City are building a vibrant, youthful and talented first team squad with the intention of challenging towards the top of the Premier League table.

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Christian Fuchs
Christian Fuchs

Fuchs initially signed a three-year contract at the Club in 2014.

While 33-year-old Fuchs admits that his career is in its twilight stages, he is nonetheless excited by the role he can still have at King Power Stadium over the coming 12 months. 

Speaking to LCFC TV this week, he explained: "I’m very happy to be here for another year. I know I’ve expressed my wish to go to America several times, but you know what?

"Everything we have experienced in these last couple of years, with all the ups and downs… all the way up, all the way down, it just brings us together.

With Brendan coming in and expressing his satisfaction with me and saying that he wants to keep working with me obviously meant a lot to me.

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"Not only the players, but the staff, the coaching staff [and] the manager... we're much closer together. I didn’t want to miss out on that yet!

"Also with Brendan coming in and expressing his satisfaction with me and saying that he wants to keep working with me obviously meant a lot to me as well.

"I can tell that, even though I’m already one of the older ones, I can still learn from him and that’s something that I don’t want to miss out [on]."

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Christian Fuchs

Whenever needed, Christian Fuchs has been an assured presence in the line-up for City this season.

With Ben Chilwell impressing at left-back for the Foxes, Fuchs hopes to continue helping the Academy graduate and England international progress his career even further.

Combined with his proven ability to perform at the highest level when called upon, the Neunkirchen-born defender says there is a clear purpose for him at the Club next year.

The reaction of the fans, meanwhile, has also delighted Fuchs and he says that their continued backing has always been a source of personal motivation since he joined the Club in 2015.

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Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs' thunderous volley against Fleetwood Town earned him the Goal of the Season accolade for 2018/19.

"It’s special, very special," he continued. "Not only the reaction after it was announced, but also before... the people were sending me letters, pushing me to sign for another year!

"It clearly wasn’t their decision, but it’s nice to see the support. Also with the Goal of the Season award that I got [from] the supporters... as a defender, it means a lot to see how appreciated I am.

"I’m not in the same position anymore, but I understand that Chilly (Chilwell) is playing a really good season, that he’s the future of Leicester, and that’s also where I see my role.

The way we’ve played lately, the character that we’ve shown, and also the good football that we’ve played - against bigger teams as well - that shows there’s real potential.

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"That’s what Brendan expressed, that whenever there’s a need I’ll be there. I’ll be here to support the team as much as a I can and support Chilly in his development as well.

"I can’t tell you how happy that I am that I have another year here."

While the popular title-winner admits it may still take time for the achievements of 2016 to settle in, he also outlined the enthusiasm which is felt among the first team squad concerning their future potential. 

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All Three Of Fuchs' City Strikes

Enjoy all three of Christian Fuchs' goals for Leicester City after he signed a one-year contract extension on Wednesday.

"[Winning the title] has a lasting effect on the Club because it is building step-by-step," he continued. "Every year it’s getting better, and I think there’s a really good opportunity to challenge.

"The way we’ve played lately, the character that we’ve shown, and also the good football that we’ve played - against bigger teams as well - that shows there’s real potential.

"If we can nurture that and have a good pre-season now to the upcoming year, I think there’s a lot possible."

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