Leicester add to Belgian collection as full-back seals big-money move

Timothy Castagne

Timothy Castagne has signed a five-year contract at Leicester after completing his switch from Atalanta.

The 24-year-old will link up with Brendan Rodgers’ squad on his return from Belgium’s Nations League fixtures against Denmark and Iceland.

A statement on the club’s official website said: “Leicester City Football Club have agreed terms with Atalanta for the transfer of full-back Timothy Castagne. The move is subject to Premier League and international clearance.

“The 24-year-old Belgian international has put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Foxes. He will link up with his new team-mates after the conclusion of the current international break.”

Castagne, who has signed for an undisclosed fee believed to be £18m, has been capped seven times by Belgium. The fee could rise to £21.5m with incentives. Castagne can operate in either full-back role and could be seen as a replacement for Ben Chilwell at left-back.

He spent three seasons in Serie A after joining Atalanta from Belgian side Genk. He helped the Italian club qualify for the Champions League for the first time.


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The defender made six appearances on the European stage last season as Atalanta reached the quarter-finals. They eventually lost to beaten finalists PSG. But there was further success on the domestic front after he helped them finish third in the league for the second successive campaign.

A former youth international, he was handed his senior debut against Scotland in September 2018.

Castage joins fellow Belgians Youri Tielemans and Dennis Praet at the King Power.

He is also a former teammate of Wilfried Ndidi, the pair playing together at Gent.