Leicester sign £13 million Mendy

The Foxes make fourth addition to their squad

Leicester City have completed the £13 million signing of Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy, to make him the fourth summer addition to their squad and beat off interest from West Ham United.

Claudio Ranieri has made the former France Under-21 another relatively unknown name to be brought into the King Power Stadium from France, and has been likened to the club’s star midfielder, N’Golo Kante.

Mendy follows the likes of Ron-Robert Zieler, Luis Hernandez and Raul Uche Rubio into the midlands club, while West Ham had offered the Ligue 1 outfit £9.5 million plus add ons for the player.

The midfielder was a key component of Nice’s squad last campaign, as the club finished 11th in Ligue 1, and featured in every league game for the club.

Ranieri hopes Mendy will complement the Foxes midfield, rather than replace Kante, who has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid. And with star striker Jamie Vardy penning a new deal at the club, Leicester are hoping to build on last year’s success in the Champions League.

Mendy visited the club’s training ground last week and completed a medical, before the signing was officially announced on Sunday. And the 24-year-old has admitted he is looking forward to the start of his Leicester career, and playing against the best in the Premier League.

“I am very happy to come to Leicester City. The team have just enjoyed a great season and it’s excellent to be here.” said Mendy.

“I like the Premier League and I follow every match. It’s fast and physical and I want to impose myself on the league.

‘I know the coach, I know his mentality and I know his philosophy.”

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