Sports News of Friday, 22 January 2016
Ghana defender Daniel Amartey has revealed that he opted to sign for Leicester City despite interest from other European top-flight sides because of the persistence of the English side in their attempts to grab him.
The 21-year-old signed a four-and-a-half-year contract on Thursday despite interest from clubs in Germany, Spain and France.
Borussia Dortmond, Atletico Madrid and PSG were among some of the clubs who were keen on the centre-back who cost City £6m.
The Foxes have been chasing the youngster for nearly one year now and he says their persistence convinced him to sign for them.
“It’s a great pleasure to join Leicester City. I know the Club have been interested in signing me for some time and that was a big part of my decision to come here,” Amartey said after completing the dream move.
“All over Europe, people are talking about Leicester City and how well the Club is doing in the Premier League. The team plays exciting, attacking football and I’m looking forward to being part of it.”
A powerful presence both in midfield and defence, Daniel has impressed in Danish football since arriving in the capital in July 2014.
He played a key role as Copenhagen finished second in the Superliga to qualify for the UEFA Europa League during his first season with the club and has helped guide them to the top of the table this term.
Copenhagen recruited Amartey from Swedish outfit Djurgårdens IF, who he joined at the age of 18. He made his senior debut for Ghana against Senegal a year ago and has since featured six times for the Black Stars, where he is an international colleague of Foxes winger Jeffrey Schlupp.
Daniel trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday ahead of a Barclays Premier League meeting with Stoke City at King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.