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Confirmed Transfer Dennis Praet

Jeff

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Leicester City Football Club have agreed terms with Sampdoria for the transfer of attacking midfielder Dennis Praet, subject to Premier League and international clearance.

The 25-year-old Belgian international has signed a five-year deal with the Foxes and becomes the fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of defender James Justin from Luton Town, winger Ayoze Pérez from Newcastle United and midfielder Youri Tielemans from AS Monaco.

Praet has represented his country three times, made 237 senior appearances in the top divisions of Belgium and Italy and arrives with a reputation as one of Serie A’s most exciting talents.

Born in Leuven, Praet joined the Genk youth academy at the age of eight, where he progressed through the ranks and began attracting the attention of a number of top clubs in Europe.

The creative midfielder joined RSC Anderlecht in 2010, where he played alongside current City star Tielemans, making his debut in the Belgian Cup against Lommel United in September 2011 – setting up two goals in a 4-0 victory.

Praet went on to make 139 league appearances for the Belgian First Division A side, with his 20 goals helping the team to three league titles and three Belgian Super Cup victories.

His time at Anderlecht also saw him feature them 18 times in the Champions League, while his performances in the 2014 season earned him the Belgian Golden Shoe Award, which is given to the league’s best player.

In August 2016, Praet’s performances saw him earn a move to Italian Serie A side Sampdoria, where he would go on to appear 98 times in the league over three seasons, scoring four goals. During that time, Praet was firmly established as a regular fixture in the side as he helped them to two 10th placed finishes as well as a ninth-place finish last term.

Internationally, he has represented his country 50 times at youth level and has made three senior appearances for Belgium, making his debut in a 3-1 friendly win against Iceland in November 2014.

Praet will now link up with his Leicester City teammates as they prepare for their opening Premier League game of the 2019/20 season against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
 

fitz

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Subject to clearance. Is he able to go on loan abroad still if we've ****ed this one up?
 

BlueNotes

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That's a pretty impressive CV. And we got for him for £18M. Super good business? Release clause? Crocked?? ;)
 

give_us_a_wave

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Only ever seen him play in a few games against Juve, Napoli & the Milan clubs (since thats the only Serie A teams pubs will ever show) Always looked quietly efficient & dependable. Played in a deep role at Sampdoria though & apparently that's not his real strength? Lets see how he looks in an attacking role as I can't imagine he's been bought to sit deep!
 

M17TT C

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Haha hadn't seen this!

Sounds a good buy though and £18m is nothing in today's market.
 

Graz

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Glad we got this through. Look forward to seeing him and what his role his. Suspect he will have to work his way into the team as I think he's mainly back up for Tielemans but maybe times we go for a different system
 

Graz

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Guessing he won't even be on the bench for tomorrow, will need time to get adjusted to the squad I'd imagine.
 

BlueNotes

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As with Atalanta, he may well be a couple of weeks behind in preseason training. I'm sure we'll bring him up to pace asap but Sunday is praps too soon.
 

David Gwilliam

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I am all for our Belgian connection and have enjoyed the street food of Brussels It does strike me that if they find themselves short of money Dennis and Youri can always set up a stand selling those delicious Belgian waffles.
 
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