Leicester sign Luis Hernandez from Sporting Gijon

The defender will join the Foxes on a four-year deal when his contract with the Spanish club ends.

Leicester sign Luis Hernandez from Sporting Gijon
Hernandez will bolster Leicester's defensive unit (Photo: Getty Images)

Premier League champions Leicester City have announced that defender Luis Hernandez will be their first signing of the summer on a free contract from Sporting Gijon.

The 27-year-old will sign for the Premier League champions on a four-year deal when his contract with Gijon expires at the end of this month.

Leicester are preparing for an exciting season ahead, which sees the Foxes embark on their very first Champions League campaign.

The defender in action against Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo: Getty Images)
The defender in action against Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo: Getty Images)

Defender will bolster squad

Claudio Ranieri’s side tried to capture the signature of Watford’s Troy Deeney, and will be looking to expand their squad with an extra competition in their 2016-17 schedule.

Hernandez is a product of the Real Madrid youth academy, with him making the move to Sporting Gijon in 2012, and he has experience playing under the pressure which will be applied on Leicester next season.

The Madrid-born defender was part of a relegation battle last season, in which he managed to help Sporting avoid the drop, and in that season he made 36 appearances.

Hernandez played 36 times for Sporting Gijon last season (Photo: Getty Images)
Hernandez played 36 times for Sporting Gijon last season (Photo: Getty Images)

Foxes looking for defensive reinforcements

Wes Morgan and Robert Huth have established themselves as Leicester’s first-choice centre-backs last season, and what a season they had, but Ranieri will be looking to bolster the defensive side of things this summer.

As well as other areas too, however, Ranieri insisted that the club would not be chasing big name signings, despite the Foxes putting in two bids for Deeney, which Watford rejected both times.

It was always going to happen, bigger clubs were going to come in for their star players, despite those players saying their loyalty is with the league champions.

Arsenal are chasing Jamie Vardy, as they triggered his release clause, but that move is up in the air with the forward currently on England duty at Euro 2016.

Manager Arsene Wenger believes that Vardy will remain at the King Power Stadium, despite the Gunners showing the interest and desire in signing him.