Leicester City Sign Genk’s Nigerian Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi

By Peter Pedroncelli AFKI Original Published: January 4, 2017, 3:13 am
Nigerian Wilfred Ndidi is a transfer target. Photo: Complete Sports - Belgian Goal Of The Year AwardNigerian Wilfred Ndidi is on form. Photo: Complete Sports

English Premier League club Leicester City have completed the signing of Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Belgian club Genk.

The youngster has been on the Foxes radar for some time, and has now signed on the dotted line in a $18 million deal that will see him remain at the current Premier League champions for five and a half years.

The Nigerian midfielder is as versatile as they come, and this dynamic quality has attracted the interest of Leicester City, who have been struggling in the English top-flight this season, looming ominously above the relegation zone.

The club have struggled to replace N’golo Kante as the midfield enforcer since the Frenchman joined Chelsea in the off-season, and it is coach Claudio Ranieri’s hope that Ndidi can fill that void and contribute to Leicester’s season.

Done deal for Wilfred Ndidi

Ranieri is using the January transfer window to strengthen his side ahead of the second part of the season, as well as the club’s challenge in the UEFA Champions League, where they have managed to progress from the group stages to the last 16, where they will face Spanish club Sevilla.

Ndidi will add to their ranks and be available for all competitions, and will add versatility and youth to the midfield.

The 20-year-old recently agreed personal terms and flew to England for a medical before officially signing, with a contract until June 2022 confirmed by Leicester, pending a work permit.

The Nigerian midfielder will wear the number 25 shirt at the Foxes, which is the same number he used at Genk.

Ndidi has represented Nigeria at at Under-17 and Under-20 level, while he is now a full international, having received his first call-up for the Super Eagles in October 2015.

He will not be taking part in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon, as Nigeria did not qualify, so he will be able to focus on his new club in the English Premier League.

Sign up for the AFKInsider newsletter — the most compelling business news you need to know from Africa and the African diaspora, delivered straight to your inbox.

Tags: , , , ,