Esteban Cambiasso has turned down an offer to stay with Leicester City
The Argentine midfielder has decided not to extend his one-year contract with the Premier League outfit.
Cambiasso, 34, was an integral part of helping the Foxes to avoid relegation and keep the club in the Premier League last season, after joining from Inter Milan.
The former Argentina international rejected the chance to work with new Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri and took to Facebook to announce his reasons why.
“I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City.”
“I have taken this decision only 24 hours after receiving the proposal from Leicester because I want to give the club as much time as possible to find an alternative.
“I would like to thanks all the fans who last season made me feel proud to be part of a club with an unforgettable spirit and energy” said Cambiasso.
Leicester City’s comments
Director of football Jon Rudkin had previously said they were hopeful of securing the former Real Madrid man to a new contract but knew there would be plenty of interest elsewhere.
The club said in a statement: “Leicester City Football Club would like to express its sincerest thanks to Esteban for his exceptional contribution during the 2014/15 season.”
“Our efforts to retain his services began before the end of last season and the Club appreciates manner in which Esteban and his representatives have conducted themselves.”
Written by Jack Wynne – @JackRobertWynne