Ricardo Pereira has signed a new contract with Leicester City until 2026, explaining why it was the “natural” decision to make.
Ricardo has played for Leicester since 2018, when they signed him from Porto. Since then, he has been a reliable player for them at right-back. He has so far made 103 appearances for the Foxes, providing seven goals and 13 assists.
He will be adding more after committing to the club for the next four seasons as well. Already having represented Leicester more than any of his previous clubs, his association with them will now continue into his 30s.
Ricardo’s previous contract was due to expire at the end of next season. Now, though, they have sent a clear message about where he will be spending the rest of his prime years.
The extension means Ricardo will be a Leicester player until 2026. It is an important piece of business within a season of ups and downs for the club.
But the Portugal international is in no doubt about it being the right decision.
He told LCFC.com: “I would say this is the natural thing to happen. I’m happy here. I think the club is happy. It’s a win-win situation.
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“Of course, I’m happy with the contract, but then the main thing is to be fit and healthy. To be able to play, to help and to give my best. It’s not so good (the injury), but it could be worse than this. The most important thing is being back and fit and healthy.
“To be in the Premier League, at a club like Leicester, it’s something when I was young which was far, far away. Now, I have to enjoy the moment and enjoy the present and keep doing by best for the club and for me.”
Ricardo Pereira picks Leicester City highlight
From his time with Leicester so far, the full-back believes their FA Cup win last season was the best moment. It could serve as inspiration for their future, of which he is guaranteed to be a part.
He said: “Even though I didn’t play in that game [the final], I was a part of the journey.
“Being there with the fans again, winning a title, the first [FA Cup] for the club, was I’d say one of the biggest moments here. We know what it’s like to win now, we know the sensation. We know the feelings that we had.
“We know the joy we brought to the club, to the supporters, to the city. We want to do it again, to be happy again, to make them happy again, and to do the best for the club.
“The potential is here. We showed that last season and this season. We need to be more consistent, and I think we’re on the right way.
“We just have to do that extra and to have a little bit more luck sometimes. This season is long. We can still make a very good season and that’s what we work towards.”