Christian Fuchs: Why the veteran’s contract renewal is good news for Leicester

Champions Leicester City have officially confirmed that Christian Fuchs has signed a new three-year contract that will see him stay at the King Power Stadium until 2019.

Having arrived on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke last season, Fuchs has had an incredible run over the past 12 months, putting up flawless performances as the Foxes raised head and shoulder above the rest to claim the Premier League title: before skippering the Austrian national team during this year’s edition of the European Championship in France.

The signing could prove as a pivotal point for Claudio Ranieri’s side, especially given their slow start to the season that is in stark contrast to last season’s title clinching campaign.


Early life

Born on 7 April 1986 in Neunkirchen, Austria, he kick started his youth career with SVg Pitten before finally settling with Wiener Neustadt.

It was at the Austrian club that the youngster received his first call up with the senior team, making his debut in 2002.

Then 17-years old, Fuchs joined SV Mattersburg where he would receive his first experience in the European Championship.

Several spells with various German teams followed, but it was at Schalke that he made a name for himself after joining in 2011, leaving for England four years later at the end of his contract.


Re-birth for Leicester?

Leicester may currently be sitting at the belly of the beast in the Premier League log, but that does not entirely underline their campaign.

In fact, the Foxes have amassed nine points from three of their opening matches in Group G of the Champions League, a point more than what they have managed after eight games in the Premier League.

Fuchs has started all matches for Leicester in the Premier League and Champions League thus far into the season, a telltale sign of the confidence his gaffer has in his capabilities.

With 45 club appearances and 78 international caps, the new contract could help settle the 30-year old, inexorably bringing a change of fortunes for Ranieri’s charges.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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