Leicester have signed Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans from Monaco on a four-year contract, reportedly for a club-record fee of £40m.
Tielemans, 22, scored three goals and provided four assists in 13 Premier League appearances on loan at the Foxes last season and has now secured a permanent move to the King Power Stadium. He is the latest addition as manager Brendan Rodgers ramps up his summer rebuild.
The Foxes have already snapped up Ayoze Perez from Newcastle and James Justin from Luton, with the Premier League outfit now having spent in excess of £70m in the off-season. Tielemans was Claude Puel’s final signing as Leicester boss when he joined on loan in January and is excited to now be a full-time Foxes player.
“I really can’t wait to get started again with this club,” he said. “I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that’s an exciting thing to be a part of.”
The midfielder has 23 caps for Belgium and played at the 2018 World Cup. He won two league titles in his homeland with Anderlecht before departing for Monaco in the summer of 2017. Rodgers feels he will be an excellent addition to what is already a strong squad.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have,” he said.
“He’s already shown he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players here.”
Leicester are 6.00 to finish in the top six of the Premier League next season.