Football: Schmeichel pens five-year Leicester contract

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during the team's trip to Thailand in May 2016.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during the team's trip to Thailand in May 2016.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has committed his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract, the Premier League champions announced on Saturday (Aug 6).

Schmeichel, son of Manchester United and Denmark great Peter, kept 15 clean sheets last season and played every minute as Leicester pulled off a 5,000-1 upset by winning the Premier League.

The 29-year-old follows striker Jamie Vardy in signing a new contract at Leicester, who play Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday before opening their title defence at Hull City next weekend.

"I'm just buzzing and I can't wait for the season to get started. It was a very easy decision," Schmeichel told LCFC TV.

"It was a case of coming back after winning the Premier League and making sure that the hunger was the same within myself and the squad. I've come back absolutely convinced that this is the place for me to be.

"We've taken some massive steps and ever since I arrived it's been fantastic. I've loved being here from minute one."

Capped 22 times by Denmark, Schmeichel joined Leicester from Leeds United in 2011 and has made 220 appearances for the club.