Adrien Silva completes Leicester move four months after agreeing deal
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 01/01/18 4:54pm
Adrien Silva has finally made his Leicester debut four months after completing a move to the Premier League from Sporting Lisbon.
The Foxes bought Silva from Sporting Lisbon for £22m on Deadline Day in August, but his registration documents arrived with FIFA 14 seconds after the cut-off.
Leicester's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport failed, and Portugal international Silva had been in limbo ever since.
But Silva was registered on New Year's Day and given a place on the bench for the clash with Huddersfield, eventually coming on in the closing stages with Claude Puel's men already 2-0 in front.
They went on to win 3-0 thanks to goals from Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Marc Albrighton.
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Before the game, Silva told LCFC TV: "It's been very frustrating, but now the difficult times are past me and now I'm very happy to be close to my goal.
"It's been very important to keep training because it's a long time not playing and of course I can work and train more than normal, but there is nothing better than the game.
"I will be in good shape because I have worked a lot - I have confidence in that - but I have to play games to get better.
"You have to keep a positive mentality and that's what I've tried to do. I've kept my mind focused on my job and what I love to do.
"It'll be a great feeling to play for this club in this league. It was a dream for me to come to this league, to be part of the best one and to compete with all of the best players. To play against them will make me a better player, I'm sure."
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