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‘Only one place I want to be’; defender makes Leicester pledge after new deal signed

James Justin Leicester

James Justin confessed that Leicester City is the only club for him after signing a contract extension just weeks after returning from long-term injury.

The 24-year-old joined the Foxes in June 2019 when the Premier League side paid Luton Town £6m for his services. The defender inked a five-year deal at the King Power and made 13 appearances in the Covid-hit 2019-2020 season. He then played every minute of 23 top-flight games last term before injury struck in February 2021.

The talented right-back suffered an ACL injury that saw him sidelined for 11 months. He returned to first-team action last month, making his season debut in a 3-2 loss to Tottenham on January 19.

The versatile full-back has now enjoyed four league outings and one in the FA Cup as he looks to rebuild his career. Leicester clearly rate the former England Under-21 ace as he has just penned a new deal until June 2026.

And, after committing his future to the East Midlanders, Justin made it clear what it means to him.

“I feel great to extend my stay here and just get that certainty of my future,” he told LCFC TV. “It’s a great a club to be at. You can see this wonderful training ground and the way we perform, so it can only go one way.

“I’m just happy to extend my stay here and hopefully I can see [the fans] cheering us on in every game we have at King Power Stadium and all the away games and hopefully in European competitions for the next few years.

“There is only one place I want to be now and that’s Leicester City. They’ve put great faith in me over the past year when I’ve been out injured.”

Justin raring to go

It has been a tough period for the defender. He missed out on the FA Cup final and the Community Shield victory over Manchester City.

And, now back in Brendan Rodgers plans, he is eager to play as much football as possible.

“I just want to cement my place in the team,” he added. “It’s been a year of ups and downs.

“It went from starting the year in great form and then picking up the injury to knowing I was going to be out for a sustained period of time.”

Justin has been tipped for big things. He has now made 54 appearances in all competitions for the club.

And the Luton-born ace insists he is always feeling like his old self.

Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City, February 2022.

“There’s no good time to get an injury like that, but at least now, people know what I can do,” he continued. “Hopefully I can get back to that level. I definitely do feel back to my best, but to be honest, I can’t remember what I used to be like.

“This is me now, so I’ve just got to keep improving and hopefully kick on in every way.”

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