Leicester City have confirmed goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has departed the club to join Ligue 1 side Nice on a free transfer.
The 35-year-old leaves the King Power Stadium after 11 years, racking up 478 appearances for Leicester in all competitions and, perhaps most importantly, playing a crucial role in the Foxes’ famous Premier League title triumph in 2016.
“Throughout his time with us and particularly as a captain and vice-captain, Kasper has always been a player willing to stand up and take responsibility, leading the team with distinction,” said chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha. “His influence and his leadership on and off the pitch speak volumes about him as a professional, as a football player and as a human being.
“I know Leicester City supporters share the respect we all have for a player of Kasper’s standing after all his accomplishments as a footballer and captain and will join me in wishing him the very best for the next stage of his career in France with OGC Nice.
“It’s clear to everyone who has watched him perform that Kasper has given everything to Leicester City every time he has played and the experiences shared between him, the Club and our supporters over the last 11 years mean he will always remain a part of this family.”
Schmeichel, who also got his hands on the FA Cup, Community Shield and Championship title, leaves in third on the club’s all-time appearance charts.