‘Win-win situation’ as Leicester star pens new long-term contract

Date published: Friday 18th February 2022 3:43 - Dan Butterfield

Leicester defender Ricardo Pereira

Leicester City defender Ricardo Pereira has signed a new long-term deal with the club, extending his stay until 2026.

The Portuguese right-back joined the club in 2018 from Porto and has made over 100 appearances for the Foxes.

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The 28-year-old has struggled with injuries in the past two seasons, suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in March 2020 before fracturing his leg in December 2021.

However, he is now back fit and available and even scored in the 2-2 draw with West Ham last week.

Leicester will be hoping his can stay fit for a lengthy period of time and have offered their belief in the player to regain his form with this new deal.

Pereira himself has revealed his delight at securing a long-term expansion with the club when speaking to LCFC.com.

“I would say this is the natural thing to happen. I’m happy here. I think the club is happy. It’s a win-win situation. To be in the Premier League, at a club like Leicester, it’s something when I was young which was far, far away.

“Now, I have to enjoy the moment and enjoy the present and keep doing by best for the club and for me.”

Elsewhere, Jamie Carragher has told Manchester United to sell Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

“Cristiano Ronaldo’s invaluable contribution to Manchester United’s Premier League win over Brighton was another reminder of his unparalleled appetite for goals.

“But it does not change this reality: United made a mistake re-signing Ronaldo last summer. It will be a bigger one keeping him next season.

“I know how contentious that sounds. It is easy to list the many magnificent qualities Ronaldo possesses which make him one of the greatest players we have seen. He remains one of the ultimate goalscorers, having evolved to become a penalty box predator, liable to deliver when his team most needs it – as against Villarreal and Atalanta – to prolong United’s Champions League campaign.

“You would not bet against him scoring over 20 goals this season.

“’Where would United be without his goals,’ is something you often hear.

“Well, we already have an answer to that. United scored 121 in all competitions in 2020-21, their highest tally for 14 years. That is because they were a more balanced, unified team than now.”

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