Leicester City have sealed a deadline day swoop for Reims defender Wout Faes on a five-year contract.
Boss Brendan Rodgers has been frustrated at his side’s lack of movement in the transfer window but Faes arrives to bolster a backline that saw Wesley Fofana leave for Chelsea in a £70m deal on Wednesday.
Speaking to LCFC TV, the 24-year-old said: ‘It’s an amazing feeling [to be here]; it’s not sunk in yet. This is the dream step in my career and I’m very happy to be here.
‘I’m progressing year after year, and I hope to continue doing the same here. All the facilities and knowledge is here to help me to get even better.
‘I will have to work hard, but I will give 100 per cent to help the team.’
He added: ‘When I drove into the training ground, I had goosebumps straight away.
‘Some people already told me the training ground is amazing. I, on purpose, didn’t look on the internet, but when I saw it, it’s an amazing feeling.
The central defender was put through his paces on various machines at the training ground.
‘It’s not sunk in yet. This is the dream step in my career and I’m very happy to be here,” Faes said.
Leicester will be relieved to have finally made an outfield signing this summer.
Their only previous piece of business in this window saw them take on goalkeeper Alex Smithies on a free.
Faes was nurtured in Anderlecht’s youth academy a decade ago and he came through the ranks alongside Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans.
Wesley Fofana quit Leicester City for Chelsea in a huge £69.5million deal on Wednesday.