Uncertainty over Kasper Schmeichel triggers Leicester interest in Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez

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Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez - Leicester enquire for £50m-rated Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez due to Kasper Schmeichel doubts - GETTY IMAGES
Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez - Leicester enquire for £50m-rated Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez due to Kasper Schmeichel doubts - GETTY IMAGES

Kasper Schmeichel will return to Leicester's team on Thursday but is facing an uncertain future this summer.

Schmeichel is set to replace Wales international Danny Ward in goal against Chelsea ahead of talks over his contract situation later this month.

The Dane has just over 12 months remaining on his Leicester deal and admitted earlier this year that he may pursue a new challenge next season, with the ambition of playing abroad before he retires.

While Brendan Rodgers is relaxed about the situation, Leicester are considering moves for a new goalkeeper this summer and have enquired about Brighton's Spain international Robert Sanchez, though he could cost around £50 million.

Schmeichel is poised to hold talks with Rodgers in the next few weeks, and the Leicester manager admits there are no guarantees that Sunday's game against Southampton will be a farewell.

Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City during the Leicester City training session at Leicester City Training Ground, Seagrave on May 17th, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. - GETTY IMAGES
Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City during the Leicester City training session at Leicester City Training Ground, Seagrave on May 17th, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom. - GETTY IMAGES

"He is very happy here, of course, naturally he is getting to the age where he sees the finishing line a little bit down the line but in my conversations with him he is very happy," he said.

"He’s got a year to go. It’s important for him and for us he is in the best condition he can possibly be in.

"We have seen with Wardy there is a challenge there but I think he [Schmeichel] wants to be here. I think he wants to continue the fight and his career here, and up until now he has had a fantastic career.

"The plan was for Kasper to play the final two games. I’ve told Kasper he will be playing against Chelsea and Southampton."

Schmeichel was signed for £1million from Leeds in June 2011 and has experienced a magical 11 years, winning the Premier League and Championship title, plus the FA Cup.

Ward made his first Premier League appearance for Leicester in the 5-1 win over relegated Watford last weekend, four years after joining the club from Liverpool.

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