Wout Faes joins Leicester City from Reims on permanent deal for £15m

Leicester City have completed a deadline day signing of defender Wout Faes from Reims for a fee of £15m.

Faes, who was named Reims’ player of the season for 2021-22, will join Leicester as a replacement for Wesley Fofana, who moved to Chelsea yesterday for a club record £70m.

Faes is Leicester’s second summer signing after they signed Alex Smithies as a backup goalkeeper on a free transfer.

Speaking to LCFC TV, the 24-year-old said: “This is the dream step in my career and I’m very happy to be here,” said Faes, whose one senior Belgium cap came as a substitute in a Nations League win over Poland.

“I’m progressing year after year, and I hope to continue doing the same here. All the facilities and knowledge are here to help me to get even better.

“I will have to work hard, but I will give my 100 percent to help the team.”

He added: ‘When I drove into the training ground, I had goosebumps straight away.

‘Some people already told me the training ground is amazing. I, on purpose, didn’t look on the internet, but when I saw it, it’s an amazing feeling.

‘It’s not sunk in yet. This is the dream step in my career and I’m very happy to be here.’

Leicester will be relieved to have finally made an outfield signing this summer.

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