Ritchie De Laet loaned to Middlesbrough by Leicester City
By Mike Patterson
Last Updated: 01/02/16 11:02pm
Middlesbrough have signed Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 27-year-old has joined the Sky Bet Championship side after falling out of favour with Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri, having not started a Premier League game since the end of September.
His arrival means Fernando Amorebieta's season-long loan from Fulham has been cut short, and the Venezuelan is returning to Craven Cottage.
The Belgian moved to the King Power Stadium from Manchester United in May 2012 and has since made 129 appearances for Leicester.
De Laet, who has two senior Belgium caps, started his career with Royal Antwerp before moving to Stoke City.
He signed for Manchester United in January 2009 but started only three Premier League matches for the Red Devils and was farmed out on loan to Sheffield United, Preston, Portsmouth and Norwich.
De Laet will be joined at the Riverside by compatriot Julian De Sart, a defensive midfielder who arrives from Standard Liege on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
The 21-year-old, who has joined for an undisclosed fee, rose through the youth ranks at Liege and has made 66 appearances for the Belgian side since making his debut in 2013.
He has also represented Belgium at every level from U16s to U21s but is yet to be capped for the senior squad.