Marc Albrighton has signed a new contract with Leicester City to keep him at the club until 2024, by which point he will have brought up a decade of service.
Albrighton joined Leicester from Aston Villa in 2014 and became a Premier League title winner in the 2015-16 season. Still important at the age of 31, he played 42 times last season, including in the FA Cup final, in which the Foxes beat Chelsea to lift the trophy.
He had been linked with a move to Burnley but will instead remain with Leicester, who continue to challenge for the European places.
“I’m delighted. Obviously, it’s a club that is progressing every single year,” Albrighton told LCFC TV.
“It’s a fantastic a club, the people here, where the club’s going, the direction that they’re going in, it’s great to be a part of.
“It’s a club that I’ve really settled into. I’ve got a good relationship with the fans. The people here are great. Whether it’s the staff around the training ground, the stadium or the players, the management, coaching staff, I just really enjoy coming to work every day at the training ground.
“I like coming in and working hard and feeling like I’ve done something in that day and, to be doing it at the level that we are competing, is a dream for me.”
Albrighton, who has 253 Leicester appearances to his name, continued: “I have always been the type of person and player that wants to establish himself at a club and stay there instead of flitting between different clubs and travelling to different places.
“I’ve settled in here so it’s great and I’m really enjoying it.”
Albrighton sees no limit for Leicester
Leicester have a Europa League campaign to look forward to next season as they continue pushing for a top-four finish.
The FA Cup win was a symbol of their progress and Albrighton believes the momentum can continue,
“I think in all areas, there’s just improvement,” he added. “On the pitch, the players that we’re recruiting now are incredible players and they’re taking us in the right direction on the pitch. And then everything off the pitch… the training ground, the facilities that we’ve got now, they’re some of the best in the world.
“So if we’re going to keep improving and keep heading in that way, there’s no limit for this football club.”
Crucial to Leicester’s rise in recent years has been head coach Brendan Rodgers, whom Albrighton is a big fan of.
“I’ve said to people since he’s came in, he’s the best manager that I’ve worked for,” the winger said. “His attention to detail is absolutely incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
“All the lads would say the same. Whether it’s the coaching side, or the man management side, he’s spot on.
“It’s great to have him at the helm and I think, under him, we’ve already showed last year, we can go and win trophies and hopefully there’s going to be more where that came from.”