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Pearson on Cambiasso: "He's here as a footballer"

Leicester City Manager Nigel Pearson has told ITV News Central that his latest signing joins as a footballer and not to make up numbers.

Last night, the club announced that 34-year-old Esteban Cambiasso would join the Foxes on a one-year-deal. The former Inter Milan captain has also played for Real Madrid and has more than 50 international caps for Argentina.

Hear why Esteban Cambiasso wanted to join Leicester City

Argentine star Esteban Cambiasso says he's joined Leicester City to become a player in the Premier League. He signed a one-year-deal and met journalists at the King Power Stadium earlier.

City won't know until tomorrow whether he'll be eligible for the home game against Arsenal on Sunday.


Esteban Cambiasso introduced to media at Leicester City

Argentine star Esteban Cambiasso is introduced to the media at King Power Stadium Credit: Gareth Owen/ITV News Central

Argentine star Esteban Cambiasso has been introduced to the media at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City's newest signing.

He 34-year-old told reporters: "In the past I've played in Spain and Italy, but for my career I need to play in the Premier League."

"I chose Leicester and I am happy. I hope the fans are happy with me."

Leicester City sign Argentine midfielder Estevan Cambiasso

Esteban Cambiasso has signed for Leicester City Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Leicester City have announced the signing of Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso.

The 34-year-old is the second most decorated Argentinian footballer of all time and has previously played for Real Madrid. He has more than 50 international caps to his name.

Leicester City eyeing three new players

Nigel Pearson wants to add to his squad before the transfer window closes Credit: PA

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is eyeing three new players before the end of the transfer window as the Foxes close in on Esteban Cambiasso.

Manager Pearson confirmed talks have progressed with the former Inter Milan midfielder, who is available on a free transfer.

The ex-Argentina international could be in before Leicester host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

He is available after leaving Inter following 10 years at the San Siro and Pearson remains upbeat over the deal.

Esteban Cambiasso playing for Inter Milan again Spurs in 2013 Credit: PA

Cambiasso is still a possibility. There's been progress over the weekend so I'm more hopeful than I was on Friday and Saturday but until there is a definitive answer I'm loath to talk too much. But I am hopeful it can be done in next couple of days.

We've been trying to do business and it has not materialised so far. But hopefully this week we can still do business and bring players in we want to bring in.

I recognise there is a need for added numbers and we have to do that in this window. There are subtle differences this year to last year.

We've been very positive but it is nice to have different options.

Two or three hopefully is the aim. It would be nice to be able to achieve that.

– Nigel Pearson, Leicester City Manager

Leicester host Shrewsbury, where Pearson started his career, in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday without Danny Drinkwater (hamstring), Jamie Vardy (thigh) and Matty James (shin).

Pearson added: "Danny will be introduced back into training this week so maybe available for the week. Matty's shin is still sore so we will have to take that one at the right pace especially with a break coming up."


Leicester City striker Vardy signs new four-year deal

Vardy (right) celebrates scoring last season Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has committed his future to the club, after signing a new four-year contract at the club.

The 27-year-old joined Leicester in the summer of 2012 from Fleetwood Town, and has scored 21 goals in 70 appearances since.

He netted 16 times last season helping Leicester secure the Championship title, and winning the Players'Player of the Year Award form his team-mates.

I'm over the moon. We all know that the club wants to keep improving and stay in the Premier League, and I definitely want to be a part of that.

Everyone knows the way that I've come back into football (from non-league), and we managed to get promoted last season, but now it's all about making sure that we stay in the Premier League.

(Manager) Nigel Pearson brought me here and he wants the club to maintain their Premier League status. He was a big influence (on him signing a new deal) and now I've just got to repay him on the field.

– Jamie Vardy, speaking to

Kasper Schmeichel stunner: Leicester City keeper scores bicycle kick

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel looks like he is auditioning for a new role up front ahead of the new season after scoring this spectacular bicycle kick in training.

The newly-promoted Premier League side are currently undergoing pre-season training in Austria.

Pearson signs new three-year contract for Foxes

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