Marcin Wasilewski to leave Leicester City at end of season
Last Updated: 20/05/17 6:30pm
Marcin Wasilewski will leave Leicester City at the end of the season after a four-year spell with the club where he became a Premier League winner.
The Polish defender became a fan favourite with the Foxes faithful and could feature for a final time when the Premier League season concludes on Sunday as Bournemouth visit the King Power Stadium.
The 36-year-old helped Leicester from the Championship to the Champions League via their remarkable Premier League triumph last season following his arrival from Anderlecht in 2013.
Wasilewski featured nine times during Leicester's remarkable Premier League-winning campaign, including all 90 minutes of their 3-1 victory over Everton on the day they were crowned champions.
"Marcin's been an absolute pleasure to work with over the last four years," said Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare.
"The influence he has had and the contribution he has made goes beyond what people see on the pitch. He's one of the best professionals I've ever worked with.
"I remember when we signed Marcin - we knew we were getting a very experienced, international footballer with a lot of quality. But we also got an outstanding character, a leader and someone who would make everyone around him better with his relentlessly high standards every day.
"He's been a terrific servant to the club, deserves enormous thanks and our very best wishes for whatever comes next in his career."
The former Poland international has scored twice for the Foxes and formed part of the defence which helped the club stay in the Premier League during their first season back in the English top flight.
The influence he has had and the contribution he has made goes beyond what people see on the pitch. He’s one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with.
Craig Shakespeare speaking about Marcin Wasilewski
Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: "On behalf of everyone at the club and all our fans, I would like to thank Marcin for everything he has done for Leicester City.
"It takes a special kind of person to win the respect of everybody he meets - both through the quality of his work and his qualities as a man. Marcin is one of those people. There will always be a warm welcome for him at Leicester City."