In the summer of 2016, Leicester City bolstered their goalkeeping options with the addition of Germany international Ron-Robert Zieler from Bundesliga side Hannover 96.
The 27-year-old shot stopper joined for an undisclosed fee and put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal to keep him at King Power Stadium until 2020.
Not only does Zieler boast more than 200 appearances for Hannover in Germany, as well as in the Europa League, he was also part of Joachim Löw’s Germany squad that won the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
The Cologne-born ‘keeper has six Germany caps to his name, having made his debut in 2011 and has also won the UEFA Euro U-19 Championship with his country.
Domestically he has been an ever-present in Hannover 96’s previous five Bundesliga campaigns, but Zieler’s career actually began in England. He joined the Manchester United academy in 2005, where he played alongside current City players Danny Drinkwater, Matty James, Danny Simpson and Ritchie De Laet.
Despite not appearing for the first team at Old Trafford, the goalkeeper did take in a two-game loan spell with Northampton Town during the 2008/09 League 1 campaign before eventually joining Hannover on a free transfer in the summer of 2010.
Zieler’s performances in Germany helped Hannover 96 to four impressive top-10 finishes during his first four seasons with the club, including a run to the Europa League Quarter-Final in 2011/12, when they went out to eventual winners Atletico Madrid.
Zieler made his debut for the Foxes in August during the 2-1 Premier League win over Swansea City, notching up 13 appearances in total during his maiden campaign at the Club.