De Laet raring to go
Ritchie de Laet is relishing the chance to play regular first-team football at Leicester next season following his move from Manchester United.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 28/06/12 4:15pm
Leicester City new-boy Ritchie de Laet is relishing the chance to play regular first-team football at the King Power Stadium next season following his move from Manchester United.
The 23-year-old found first-team chances hard to come by at Old Trafford, managing just five appearances in three years following his move from Stoke City.
The Belgium international was forced to go out loan in search of regular action, with spells at Sheffield United, Preston, Portsmouth and most latterly Norwich.
The versatile defender finally quit the club on a permanent basis last month when he signed a three-year deal with the Foxes.
De Laet admits he gained valuable experience during his time at Old Trafford but is looking forward to regular first-team action in a blue shirt next season.
He told Sky Sports: "I'm looking forward to finally coming into a team that are focused on going places and I can settle down now and not worry about where my next move is going to be.
"I've signed a three year deal, which will allow me to settle down in Leicester and concentrate on my football.
"It was great for my education up there in Manchester because everything is first class at United, from the players to the backroom staff at the club.
"It was really helpful for me there, but you can only do so much for the reserves and if I wasn't going to get a chance in the first-team next season it was better for me to move on."
De Laet could make his competitive Leicester debut in their Capital One Cup trip to League Two outfit Torquay and he expects a tough clash at Plainmoor.
"You only get the pre-season games to build up for it and those fixtures are all about building fitness, so to get thrown into a cup tie on day one will be a real test, especially with us travelling to Torquay," he added.
"The stakes will be high and they will want to do well against a Championship side like us, so it will be a difficult tie for us, but you just have to take it as it comes and try do progress."