Leicester City defender MarcinWasilewski has signed a new 12-month deal with the option of a further year. The Krakow-born centre-back, who turns 35 next week, has reportedly penned a one-year extension at the King Power Stadium.
The 35-year-old Poland star, who joined Leicester in September 2013 after six seasons at Belgian club Anderlecht, played a significant role in helping the Foxes complete a remarkable surge to Premier League safety. Wasilwski has played an impressive performance during the campaign as the club lifted from the bottom of the table to a respectable 14th-place finish.
Following the extension deal signing, Wasilweski posted a picture on his Instagram account saying: “Today, I signed a new contract at #LCFC”. Wasilewski originally joined City on a one-year contract two seasons ago and agreed to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium by another year last summer. The Poland international, who can play as a right-back or in central defence, was a key player in the club’s impressive end-of-season run.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson previously said of the veteran: “I love him, he’s great. Centre-backs who enjoy defending are a dying breed. He is an exceptionally honest professional who knows the game. He is a good player as well. I am not saying he is just an honest player and tough, he is a very knowledgeable defender.”
On the other hand, Wasilewski had to wait until November to make his first league start. It is due to the form of Liam Moore but he went on to make 28 appearances for City last season and forged his place alongside Robert Huth and Wes Morgan in the City back three that kept five clean sheets in the last seven games.
“Wasilewski played a vital role in his side’s surge to Barclays Premier League survival, helping them secure five clean sheets in their final seven fixtures,” said a club statement.
Wasilewski, who has won 60 caps for Poland and played at both Euro 2008 and 2012, joined Leicester in September 2013 after six seasons at Belgian club Anderlecht. The veteran played an important role in Leicester’s battle to avoid relegation in the closing months of the Premier League season and has now made over 60 appearances for the Foxes.
Meanwhile, Paul Konchesky is also staying with City, despite the club originally announcing his contract extension he signed in January, 2014, expired at the end of the 2014-15 season. Christian Fuchs is City’s first new signing of the summer and it was believed Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki was also on their wish list, with manager Nigel Pearson admitting their interest in the last two transfer windows.