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Sunday 17th November 2013 22:50

Kasper Schmeichel: Should leave Leicester if they fail to reach Premier League

Kasper Schmeichel: Should leave Leicester if they fail to reach Premier League

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FanZone's Richard Mellor says Kasper Schmeichel should leave Leicester City if they fail to win promotion this season.

The Danish shot-stopper, now 27, has been outstanding over the past two seasons for City and is one of only a handful of players that are assured a spot in Nigel Pearson's starting XI.

After recently being linked with Premier League giants Arsenal and Newcastle United, the former Manchester City, Notts County and Leeds United goalkeeper will be eager to be plying his trade in the top flight.

Commanding communication at the back, combined with the ability to claw out powerful shots with fearsome agility, makes Schmeichel the centre of City's outgoing transfer speculation in every window of opportunity.

But his loyalty to Leicester is unquestionable - always rejecting rumours of a move and insisting that he is happy playing in the Sky Bet Championship with the Foxes, even when the likes of Spanish giants Real Madrid are said to be interested in his services.

Last season I sat through press conference after press conference of journalists firing questions at Schmeichel about his future and his reaction was one of professional maturity.

He just smiled, laughed off the flattering thought of switching to an established Premier League club and moved on to the next question.

But footballers want trophies and accolades that signify success, not tales of what could have been or should have been.

If come May the East Midlands club have failed in another promotion bid, there should be no critics of the Dane if he were to end his chapter at City and move on to bigger and hopefully better things, helping both his club and national career in the process.

And if a Premier League club does come knocking, Schmeichel may have a point to prove given that he was sold by Manchester City in 2009 after failing to secure a position in the squad over now England international Joe Hart.

What is certain is that Leicester have done well to retain the Copenhagen-born footballer, knowing that he will be a pivotal part in their latest promotion push.