Nampalys Mendy Admits He Considered Leaving Leicester Before Signing New Contract

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Mendy admits he considered his options over the summer | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Leicester City midfielder Nampalys Mendy has admitted that he considered leaving the club prior to signing a new contract in August.

Mendy has started all four of the Foxes' top flight fixtures this campaign, already playing more than the 291 minutes of Premier League football that he managed last term.

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Mendy has been ever present for Leicester this season | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Having hardly featured during the 2019/20 season and with his contract expiring at the end of the extended campaign, he was expected to move elsewhere during the transfer window.

However, Mendy put pen to paper on a new two-year deal and has impressed in defensive midfield during Leicester's strong start to the 2020/21 season - but the midfielder admitted he was weighing up new clubs before the contract offer arrived.

“Honestly, it was difficult because you have to think about changing clubs,” he told talkSPORT (via the Leicester Mercury). “This is normal. But when I had the opportunity to sign a new contract, I did it straight away, because I know the club and I know the players and I feel very well here.

"This season, we have a lot of games in the Europa League and the Premier League, and it was a big opportunity for me to play more, and that’s why I signed a new contract.

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Mendy also talked up Leicester's strength in depth | Pool/Getty Images

“Every season is different, but I’m still the same. I work in the same spirit whether I play or don’t play. Last season, I didn’t play a lot, but in every training session, I tried to give my best to try to make an opportunity to be in the squad. Now, I’m confident and want to give more for this club and my team-mates."

Despite spending much of last season unable to break into the team, the former Nice man talked up the benefits of competition for places in Leicester's squad.

"The club has a lot of good midfielders and a lot of options," Mendy added. "Whenever anyone is on the pitch, they want to give the best for the team with a good spirit.

"It’s the same in every position. Look at (Daniel) Amartey, he went two years without playing and then came in and played very well. It shows the spirit in the team.”