The Austrian left-back will pen a three-year deal upon completing his move from Schalke on July 1, becoming the Foxes’ first signing of the transfer window. The 29-year-old has left Schalke after the end of his contract and will officially become a Foxes player on 1 July. Fuchs has signed a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium and becomes Nigel Pearson’s first signing of the summer.
The Austria international left-back has spent four years at Schalke before his deal expire in July. Fuchs, who plays at left-back, has 66 caps for his Austria and made 99 league appearances for the German side before moving to England. He made 35 appearances last season, including in the Champions League, and scored three goals, one of which came in Schalke’s 4-3 win over Real Madrid in the Bernabeu. Leicester won seven of their last nine league games of the 2014-15 campaign to move clear of relegation danger and maintain their Premier League status, eventually finishing in 14th place.
Fuchs said: “I’m happy that I’ve signed for Leicester City. It was always a goal for me to play in the Premier League, and I’m happy that this dream has come true. Everybody watches the Premier League. I think it’s the best league in the world. Leicester City is a new experience and new challenge for me.”
Fuchs becomes the first signing of the transfer window for Leicester, who avoided relegation last season with a stunning run of seven wins from their last nine matches. Fuchs was also linked with a move to Swansea earlier this year but joins Leicester after their dramatic escape from relegation after a thrilling end-of-season rally. It was reported previously that Swansea and Aston Villa were both said to be in for Fuchs, but it was City’s footballing philosophy which tipped his decision in Leicester’s favor.
“When you experience different leagues, you experience a different kind of football. For sure, the Premier League will be another big step for me, even though I’ve played against a few teams here already. I’m really looking forward to it,” added Fuchs.
Austrian international Fuchs is known for his technical ability and scored at the Bernabéu as the German side beat Real Madrid 4-3 in the Champions League back in March. Leicester were on the look-out for a left-back with Paul Konchesky recently celebrating his 34th birthday while Jeff Schlupp has also been linked with a move to FA Cup winners Arsenal.