Leicester ace brushes off Milan link to focus on promotion bid

Kasper Schmeichel has been linked with a shock move to AC Milan, but he insists he is fully focused on Leicester City’s promotion bid.

Nigel Pearson’s side are currently top of the Championship standings, eight points ahead of second place and a further three from third spot. With 18 matches left, there is genuine optimism that the Foxes will again be a top-flight side next season, which would be their first Premier League campaign since 2003-04.

Schmeichel has had a huge role in City’s rise to the summit, and has played every minute of their 28 matches. His performances have even caught the eye of Italian giants Milan, who are believed to be lining up an offer to sign him on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season.

However, speaking to Danish publication BT, the 27-year-old goalkeeper said: “It is flattering with all the rumours linking me with some big clubs. But the team-mates and me are fully focused on securing promotion to the Premier League for Leicester City. Afterwards, and only then, I will think about the future.”

Schmeichel, the son of Manchester United legend Peter, developed through the youth ranks of Manchester City, spending a total of seven years at the club which took in loan spells at Darlington, Bury, Falkirk, Cardiff City and Coventry City, before he eventually left Eastlands for Notts County in the summer of 2009.

He spent just one year at Meadow Lane before sealing a transfer to Leeds United in 2010, where he again stayed for just a season before Sven Goran Eriksson took him to Leicester for an undisclosed fee. The Copenhagen-born star played 17 times for the Denmark U21’s, and has appeared twice for the full national outfit.


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