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Vicente Iborra: Five Facts

After making the switch to King Power Stadium, we take a look at five things you may not know about latest Leicester City signing Vicente Iborra.
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The midfield enforcer penned a four-year deal with the Foxes on Thursday and became the Club’s second summer signing following the addition of Harry Maguire.

From a historic hat-trick to a brief spell in goal, here’s five facts about Vicente Iborra…

Iborra’s debut

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It all started at Levante
It all started at Levante

Iborra graduated from Levante's academy and spent six seasons with Les Granotes before moving to Sevilla.

The central midfielder made his professional debut in January 2008, playing 90 minutes during a Copa Del Rey tie at Getafe – a 3-0 defeat in the round of 16. Getafe eventually went on to finish runners-up.

Spanish Foxes

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Ignasi Miguel
Ignasi Miguel

Ignasi Miguel lifts the Championship trophy alongside Chris Wood.

Iborra will become the third Spaniard to play for Leicester City at senior level. Ignasi Miquel made 14 appearances for the Foxes while on loan from Arsenal in 2013/14 and Luis Hernandez played eight times in all competitions before moving to Malaga last term. Meanwhile, Madrid-born Development Squad striker Raul Uche lined up alongside Hernandez in the Checkatrade Trophy last season.

Three in a row

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Different season, same silverware
Different season, same silverware

Like the previous season, the 2014/15 campaign ended with UEFA Europa League glory.

The 29-year-old was part of an unprecedented era of success at Sevilla, helping them lift the UEFA Europa League on three consecutive occasions. He featured throughout the group stages, as well in two of the three finals as a substitute.

Hat-trick hero

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Enjoying life in Seville
Enjoying life in Seville

Iborra netted in both the round of 32 and round the 16, helping Sevilla to their second successive European title.

With the scoreline all-square at 0-0, Iborra was introduced at half-time by Jorge Sampaoli against Celta Vigo in December 2016. He netted a second-half treble to become, at the time, only the third man in La Liga history to come off the bench to score a hat-trick.

Makeshift goalkeeper

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Familiar face
Familiar face

Danny Drinkwater got to grips with his new team mate at King Power Stadium.

While he has the ability to operate in both a defensive and attacking midfield role, Iborra has previously had to play in goal. In September 2016, he filled in for Salvatore Sirigu late on after the Italian had been sent off, but could not prevent an eventual 3-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao.

 

 

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