DONE DEAL! Aston Villa announce signing of Ritchie De Laet from Leicester

Aston Villa have signed Leicester defender Ritchie De Laet, the Championship club have announced.

The 27-year-old Belgian has penned a three-year deal at Villa Park and joins the club for an undisclosed fee.

De Laet tasted double success last season, having helped Leicester win the Premier League title while also being part of the Middlesbrough squad that won promotion to the top flight.

He spent the first half of the campaign at the King Power Stadium, making 12 league appearances for the title-winning Foxes, before joining Championship side Boro on loan in February.

In total De Laet made 129 appearances for Leicester in four years after joining from Manchester United, while also winning promotion to the Premier League with the Foxes in 2014.

Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo said: “I’m very pleased to have brought Ritchie to the club.

“He is another player who not only has Championship experience but has also played a part in helping a team win promotion back to the Premier League.”

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