Harvey Barnes says he didn’t have to think twice after signing a new contract with Leicester City, despite interest from some clubs of Champions League calibre.
Barnes had been mentioned as a target for the likes of Liverpool or Manchester United, two of English football’s traditional forces. But Leicester, after consecutive fifth-place finishes, are aiming to establish themselves in similar territory. Therefore, as anticipated earlier this week, Barnes has committed his future to Leicester.
The winger has made 101 appearances for the Foxes since coming through their academy ranks. In that time, he has provided 21 goals and 15 assists. He has been on the fringes of the England setup too, although injury ended any chances he had of making it to Euro 2020.
The 23-year-old is now ready to kick on again after starting the Community Shield triumph against Manchester City and then Leicester’s opening Premier League win over Wolves last weekend. And he has entered the season knowing his Leicester future is secure.
Barnes has agreed new terms with the club until 2025, confirming it was an easy decision.
He told LCFC TV: “I’ve been here for so many years now, it feels like home. For me, it was a no-brainer. Of course, I wanted to extend my stay here.
“I think everything that the team and the club has managed to achieve over the last two years… of course there’s a few things we’ve missed out on, but over the next few years, we’re looking to achieve those things and hopefully go on to achieve as many good things as we can. To be a part of that is going to be great.
“That new contract gives you the stability that you know going into each season. You’re not worrying about anything, and you know it’s all sorted now for the next few years, and you can just concentrate solely on football. As a team, we can go onto achieve great things.”
Barnes believes Leicester building
Barnes continued: “We want to keep building on what we’ve done the previous season.
“The last two years, we’ve done that. We’ve achieved some great things in the last few months. We’ve won the FA Cup and the Community Shield. This year, we want to recreate that and go even further.
“You look around and you can see that there is a project going on. We’ve got a lot of young players who are coming through, and they’ve got a lot of amazing years ahead of them.
“We’ve got the experienced lads in the team as well, who are sort of gluing it all together – we’ve got a great mix at the minute. It’s a great changing room to be in on and off the pitch, and I’m just really excited for what the next few years has in store.”