Danny Drinkwater signs new five-year contract at the King Power Stadium

Leicester City midfielder, Danny Drinkwater, has committed his future to the Midlands-based club until 2021 by signing a new five-year contract.

Having been at the club since 2012, the three-time capped England international has become a key player at the King Power Stadium and fans will surely be delighted to see him plying his trade in the East Midlands for some considerable time longer.


Signing from boyhood club, Manchester United, over four years ago having not made a single first-team appearance at Old Trafford, Drinkwater has slowly but surely become a crucial cog in the Leicester City team. Purchased by Nigel Pearson, the 26-year-old has gone on to make 178 appearances for the Foxes and has scored a respectable 14 goals with 20 assists.

Nevertheless, it hasn't always been so straight-forward for the popular midfielder. Having impressed the Foxes' scouting department with an outstanding performance against the club in January 2012, whilst on loan at Barnsley (coincidentally the Tykes winning 2-0 at Oakwell on that occasion), the East-Midlanders quickly moved to secure his services.

However, it wasn't until the 2013/14 Championship campaign that Drinkwater earned himself a place in the team. Scoring eight goals and providing five assists in all competitions that campaign, he was named Leicester City's Player of the Season as they galloped to the second-tier title.

Now managing to make 60 appearances in the Premier League, the former Watford and Cardiff loanee has forged a reputation as one of the most talented midfielders in the top-flight. Possessing a great ability to spot a pass and an undeniable ability to read the game, supporters will be overjoyed that he has joined the likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King to sign a new deal under Claudio Ranieri.

The English midfielder was key to the Foxes lifitng the Premier League crown | Photo: Getty
The English midfielder was key to the Foxes lifitng the Premier League crown | Photo: Getty

"A no-brainer"

Talking about his new contract to Leicester City's official website (LCFC.com), Drinkwater said that he was 'delighted' to have committed his future to the club. He also continued by mentioning how 'proud' he was to be a part of the current squad at the King Power Stadium and that it was 'a no-brainer' when putting pen-to-paper on a new deal.

As a matter of fact, he also paid tribute to his current manager, Claudio Ranieri, by commenting that the Italian 'has been great' ever since he joined the club and was 'a big reason' as to why he has decided to stay in the East-Midlands for another five years.

Finally, his ambitions after penning a new deal were clearly indidcated by him looking to the future on a number of occasions. Suggesting that he wants to 'achieve more' and even 'improve' on the Foxes' Premier League winning campaign, it's clear that the ex-Manchester United man would love to continue his collective and personal success at Leicester City, represented with him securing his new long-term deal.