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Jonny Evans leaves West Brom for Leicester City

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Jonny Evans has become the first senior player to leave Albion this summer after completing his £3.5million move to Leicester City.

Jonny Evans has signed a three-year deal with the Foxes. Photo: Leicester City

The 30-year-old passed a medical yesterday after the Foxes triggered his relegation release clause and has now signed a three-year deal with the East Midlanders.

Leicester were interested in Evans last summer, but the Baggies turned down an offer of £21m from the Foxes.

At the time, the defender was eager to join Manchester City, who had an £18m bid rejected.

However, City’s interest cooled and he has now completed a move to the King Power Stadium for a modest fee thanks to a clause in his contract. Arsenal had a £12m bid for Evans rejected in January.

Evans told LCFC TV: “It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through.

“When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the club forward.

“I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club. It’s a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic - these are all factors that made me want to sign.”

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Leicester manager Claude Puel said: “Jonny is a player of great experience in the Premier League and to have him as part of our squad is fantastic news for the football club.

“He knows exactly what it takes, he is a winner and a leader. He will bring a great deal to our squad and I’m delighted to welcome him to Leicester City.”

The former Manchester United defender made 96 appearances for the Baggies, scoring five goals in his three years at The Hawthorns.

He was signed by Tony Pulis for £6m in the summer of 2015 and enjoyed two stellar seasons at The Hawthorns.

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However, his last season with the Baggies turned sour as results fell off a cliff under Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew.

Evans, who was made club captain last summer. was one of four senior players fined for breaking curfew in Barcelona after allegedly stealing a taxi.

He lost his place in the team towards the end of the season, when caretaker boss Darren Moore picked Craig Dawson and Ahmed Hegazi at centre-bcak.

A statement on Albion’s website read: “The club wishes Jonny, who captained the Baggies last season, every success in his future playing career.”

The Baggies are expected to lose several players this summer following relegation from the Premier League.

Stoke are keen on James McClean and there is also interest in Jay Rodriguez, Matt Phillips, and Craig Dawson.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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