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Leicester make their FIRST outfield signing of the summer as Reims defender Wout Faes is on a five-year deal to fill the void left by £70m Chelsea star Wesley Fofana
- Brendan Rodgers strengthens his defense with the arrival of Wout Faes
- Leicester City sold Wesley Fofana to Chelsea and had to sign a replacement
- Faes was developed at Anderlecht, but comes after a period at Reims
Leicester City have set a deadline for a five-year deal for Reims defender Wout Faes.
Boss Brendan Rodgers is frustrated with his side’s lack of movement during the transfer window, but Faes is coming to bolster a backline that saw Wesley Fofana leave for Chelsea on Wednesday on a £70m deal.
The 24-year-old told LCFC TV: ‘It’s a great feeling’ [to be here]; it hasn’t sunk yet. This is the dream step in my career and I am very happy to be here.
“Year after year I am making progress and I hope to continue to do the same here. All facilities and knowledge are there to help me get even better.
“I will have to work hard, but I will give 100 percent to help the team.”
He added: “As soon as I drove onto the training pitch, I immediately had goosebumps.
“Some people have already told me that the training ground is great. I didn’t look on the internet on purpose, but when I saw it, it was a great feeling.
“It hasn’t sunk yet. This is the dream step in my career and I am very happy to be here.’
Leicester will be relieved to finally have an outfield tally this summer.
Their only previous work in this window was to free goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
Faes was cherished ten years ago in the youth academy of Anderlecht and came through the ranks alongside Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans.
Wesley Fofana left Leicester City for Chelsea in a huge £69.5m deal on Wednesday
From there, he was loaned to the Dutch Heerenveen in January 2017, after which he was rented out to Excelsior for a season the following season.
A move to Ostend in Belgium was next on his radar before taking his talents to Reims in January 2020.
Faes played 75 games for Reims and scored five times.
He was named the club’s Player of the Season at the end of the 2021-2022 season.
Faes is a Belgium international who made his debut in their 6-1 Nations League win over Poland in June.