Marc Albrighton has today signed a four year deal with Leicester City after rejecting the deal we offered him.
Having come through our Academy and signed his first professional deal back in the summer of 2008, Albrighton went on to make his debut in the UEFA Cup when we faced CSKA Moscow in February 09, and in total he has gone on to make 101 appearances across all competitions for the club, with 59 of those being starts.
In that time he scored nine times.
Having today penned his new deal at newly promoted Leicester, the 24 year old spoke to the Official Site about the ‘wonderful times’ he had at the club.
One of those memories was bagging the top flight’s 20,000th goal.
‘It was a great 16 years for me at Villa. I had some wonderful times there that will stay with me forever. I’m coming away now with my head held high and really looking to this fresh challenge.’
As Albrighton left as a free agent, his new contract won’t kick in until July 1st, but given his progression through the Academy and his age, although we won’t receive a transfer fee, I believe we will receive training compensation for him.
But I could be wrong on that score, although I know it would’ve applied had Gary Gardner not signed his new deal and left, having been offered the contract.
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