The Portugal international signed a new four-and-a-half year contract with the Foxes this week after playing a role in Emirates FA Cup and FA Community Shield triumphs during 2021.
Now into his fourth season at King Power Stadium, Ricardo remains an invaluable member of manager Brendan Rodgers’ first team squad, which is determined to continue challenging for major honours and European qualification for years to come.
The 28-year-old, who suffered a fractured fibula in December and returned to action in 2022, caught up with LCFC TV to discuss his new deal.
“I’m feeling good,” City’s No.21 said inside the King Power Centre. “I would say this is the natural thing to happen. I’m happy here. I think the Club is happy. It’s a win-win situation.
“Of course, I’m happy with the contract, but then the main thing is to be fit and healthy. To be able to play, to help and to give my best. It’s not so good (the injury), but it could be worse than this. The most important thing is being back and fit and healthy.
Ricardo Pereira spoke about the close-knit nature of the squad at Leicester City.
“To be in the Premier League, at a club like Leicester, it’s something when I was young which was far, far away. Now, I have to enjoy the moment and enjoy the present and keep doing by best for the Club and for me.”
Although absent for the final of the FA Cup at Wembley last May, Ricardo did star during the semi-final victory over Southampton, also at the national stadium. That triumph – the first FA Cup in Leicester’s history – has given the Club renewed confidence, he says.
Asked to pick out his highlight with the Foxes, Ricardo said: “I’d say the FA Cup. Even though I didn’t play in that game, I was a part of the journey.
“Being there with the fans again, winning a title, the first [FA Cup] for the Club, was I’d say one of the biggest moments here. We know what it’s like to win now. We know the sensation. We know the feelings that we had.
The Portuguese has committed his future to the Club in his fourth year as a Fox.
“We know the joy we brought to the Club, to the supporters, to the city. We want to do it again, to be happy again, to make them happy again, and to do the best for the Club.
“The potential is here. We showed that last season and this season. We need to be more consistent, and I think we’re on the right way.
“We just have to do that extra and to have a little bit more luck sometimes. This season is long. We can still make a very good season and that’s what we work towards.”
Leicester City’s senior squad have now been based at LCFC Training Ground in Seagrave for over a year – working within one of the most elite facilities in world football. Ricardo believes those assets, combined with the squad’s togetherness, can help push City on.
“The Club is doing its best to improve,” the Lisbon-born full-back explained. “The facilities show that. We have everything here. A lot of clubs don’t have this type of facility.
“They want to give us the best facilities to do our job, to have all the tools to do it, and that’s even more motivation. We have that motivation to keep improving and show them the effort [in return] for the effort they’ve done.
“To be honest, even before Brendan arrived, I thought it was very easy to be a part of the team, part of the family. When you arrive in a new place, you don’t know what will happen and how it will be on the first day, but then it felt easy.
Leicester's No.21 has lifted the Emirates FA Cup and the FA Community Shield with the Foxes.
“I think we show that on the field and off the field and, from the outside, you can see that we are a strong team. We help each other and we care for each other.
“I think that helps the performance of the team. Between the players, the staff, and the fans, you can feel that. Everyone wants the best for the Club. Everyone does their part in this family.”
Ricardo also had a message for the Blue Army.
“Sometimes, when you are in the game, it’s difficult to think about that, but I think I’m appreciated by them and that’s a good thing,” he continued.
“It gives me a little bit more motivation and I’ll keep doing my best for me and for them. Keep supporting us, keep making King Power Stadium our kingdom. We need that extra boost sometimes. Thank you for everything.”
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