Choudhury pens new Foxes deal
Hamza Choudhury has committed his future to Leicester City by signing a new contract until the summer of 2023.
England Under-21 international Choudhury is a graduate of the Foxes’ Academy, having joined the youth ranks back in 2011, and he has been a big part of Brendan Rodgers’ first-team plans since the Northern Irishman took charge in February.
During his time in the Academy, the midfielder was part of the Under-18s side that reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2014/15 for only the second time in the club’s history and went on to captain the Development Squad.
The 21-year-old has played in all three Premier League games this season, which have yielded five points from a possible nine, while he also featured in the League Cup victory at Newcastle United on Wednesday.
Magpies boss Steve Bruce, who replaced Rafael Benitez at St James’ this summer, has criticised the Leicester starlet for his “horror” tackle on Scotland international Matt Ritchie that has sidelined him for at least two months with ankle ligament damage.
However, Choudhury, who was hooked off at half-time, has hit back at the former Sheffield Wednesday boss, telling Sky Sports: “It was just a 50-50 and I think he pulled out at the last minute so it made the tackle look a lot worse.
“He (Steve Bruce) was a tough-tackling defender in his day so people are quick to forget how they played football.”
Despite the war of words between the two, Leicester, who will take on Luton Town in the third round of the League Cup, confirmed on Friday that the Englishman has put pen-to-paper on a new deal that runs until the summer of 2023.
The extension is a reward for some fine performances from Choudhury, who has impressed during the PL games against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea and Sheffield United.
Choudhury is expected to retain his starting place for Saturday’s home clash against Bournemouth, who head into the game on the back of a penalty shootout victory over Forest Green Rovers in the EFL Cup.
The Foxes have never lost against the Cherries at the King Power Stadium in all five meetings and they will be confident of finding the back of the net on home soil, having netted four goals from their last three outings.
Choudhury is the latest rising star to extend his stay at Leicester after 21-year-old Harvey Barnes, who also came through the club’s Academy, signed a new and improved five-year contract in June following an impressive second half of the 2018/19 campaign after impressing on loan at West Brom before Christmas.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.