The 26-year-old had spent his entire career at Villa Park
Marc Albrighton has admitted that Aston Villa chose not to extend his contract, before joining Leicester City in 2014.
It is an extraordinary change of events that has lead the Foxes midfielder from heading for Championship football next campaign, to Champions League football instead.
Villa were relegated on Saturday, after a single goal, from Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford, condemned the Birmingham outfit to the second tier of English football.
And Albrighton has admitted the news that he would be leaving Villa came as a bit of a shock.
“It was a shock (to leave),” the winger said. “I was led to believe I was getting a contract there.
“I don’t know whose decision it was – manager, chairman or the chief executive. At the time, they must have thought they could have got something better.”
And while it was tough for the former Villa man to leave the club that gave him his chance in professional football, he knows the offer from Leicester was one he had to take. However, what was to come would have come as much as a shock as being shipped out by the Villans.
“It’s worked out for me. I’ve come here and got a new lease of life. It’s been the best thing, to leave, as I was getting a bit complacent. I’d been there 16 years and it gets to a point where you have to go your separate ways.” Albrighton admitted.
“The offer was on the table here, and as soon as I found out the contract wasn’t there at Villa, this was the club I wanted to be at. It’s taken me on a bit of a journey.
“I have friends involved in what’s going on at Villa and it’s horrible to see. I feel for them and hopefully can bounce straight back up and get back to where they should be.”
Closing in on title
Albrighton had been tipped to become one of England’s next big names, however, now entering the peek years of his career, he has still yet to register a senior appearance, having featured for the under-21s.
But not that the Foxes winger will be worried about that right now, as he looks set to write his and Leicester’s names in the history books – going down as one of English football’s, and perhaps world football’s, biggest achievements – as they are three games from winning the Premier League.
Leicester host West Ham in the league on Sunday afternoon, and a win would move them ten points clear in the league, before Tottenham head to Stoke on Monday evening.