Jonny Evans Signs For Leicester City
- Leicester City agree the transfer of Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion
- The 30-year-old defender signs a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee
- The Northern Ireland international has featured for his country 70 times
- Evans brings with him a wealth of Premier League experience, having made almost 250 appearances
The 30-year-old Northern Ireland international has signed a three-year contract at King Power Stadium and becomes the Foxes’ second summer signing after terms were agreed for Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira.
An experienced Premier League defender with almost 250 appearances, Evans has spent the last three years with West Brom and was appointed club captain at the beginning of last season.
The three-time Premier League-winning centre-back, who can also operate as a left-back, made his international debut for Northern Ireland in 2006, and has established an impressive reputation as a defender.
Evans Delighted With Foxes Switch
Jonny Evans sat down with LCFC TV after signing for Leicester City.
Speaking to LCFC TV, Evans said: “It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through. When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious Club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the Club forward.
“I hope that I can give lots to the team and the Club. It’s a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic - these are all factors that made me want to sign for this Football Club.”
Leicester City manager Claude Puel said: “Jonny is a player of great experience in the Premier League and to have him as part of our squad is fantastic news for the Football Club. He knows exactly what it takes, he is a winner and a leader. He will bring a great deal to our squad and I’m delighted to welcome him to Leicester City.”
Born in Belfast, Evans started his career at Manchester United as an Academy graduate after being scouted at the age of nine. He spent the early part of his career on loan to Belgian club Royal Antwerp, with new Foxes team-mate Danny Simpson, before winning the 2006/07 Championship title on loan with Sunderland – again alongside Simpson.
After another loan spell with Sunderland, Evans returned to Manchester United in 2008 and made his league debut for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side against Chelsea during a 1-1 draw in September of that year.
When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down.Jonny Evans
He went on to feature for the Red Devils 196 times in all competitions, winning three Premier League titles, two League Cups, one FIFA Club World Cup and four Community Shields during a trophy-laden career in Manchester.
Evans has featured for his country 70 times, adding his name to the scoresheet twice. His debut came in 2006 during a famous 3-2 win over Spain and he also featured during their Euro 2016 campaign in France.
The experienced defender will link up with his new Leicester City team-mates at the beginning of July to begin preparations for the 2018/19 Premier League season.
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