Journalist Alex Crook has claimed that Kasper Schmeichel has stated that he wants to play European football and is ready to have a chat with Leicester City about his future.
Schmeichel joined Leicester from Leeds United in 2011 and has been a regular in the side since, racking up 477 appearances, whilst keeping an impressive 147 clean sheets in those games. Out of those, appearances 274 of them have been in the Premier League.
The Danish goalkeeper’s contract is set to expire at the end of next season, and he will be 36 years old at that point, so the Foxes will have a decision to make regarding his future.
Whilst speaking with GiveMeSport, Crook claimed that Schmeichel may be looking to move on this season due to his aspirations to play in Europe, potentially even the Champions League – suggesting that being left out of the starting XI last weekend was also a hint towards where the goalkeeper’s future lies.
He said: “I don’t think it’s a coincidence. He’s spoken publicly and privately about the fact he wants to play in Europe, ideally he wants to play in the Champions League.
“He’s in the last year of his contract and there are plans to sit him down and talk to him at the end of the season about what he wants to do.”
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TIF Thoughts on Crook’s comments…
Schmeichel has had a mixed bag in terms of stats for the Foxes this season. In the Premier League, he makes the third-most saves on average per game (3.5), but then he also has just the eighth-highest average player rating in his side (6.92), as per SofaScore.
Leicester managed to finish fifth last season in the Premier League, but have somewhat underachieved this term as they currently sit ninth, with two games left to play. With the Foxes not having any European football next season, they could see some of their key players leave, and Schmeichel may well be one of them, especially as he is heading into the latter stages of his career.