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Leicester sign Albrighton and Upson

Marc Albrighton will join the Foxes upon the expiry of his Aston Villa contract.
Marc Albrighton will join the Foxes upon the expiry of his Aston Villa contract.

Newly promoted Leicester City have announced the signings of Marc Albrighton and Matthew Upson.

Marc Albrighton joins on a four-year deal after Aston Villa announced that the winger was to be released.

The 24-year-old told Leicester's website: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining. Everything about Leicester City is moving forward at the moment and it's going to be a great football club to be a part of.

"It was a great 16 years for me at Villa and I had some really wonderful times there that will stay with me forever. I'm coming away now with my head held high and really looking forward to this fresh challenge with Leicester. I just can't wait to get going.

"I've spoken to the manager and I know he has big plans, so I just can't wait to get started and be involved. Before I joined I spoke to a few people and nobody had a bad word to say about the manager or the club, so I'm delighted to have everything agreed for the new season.

"I've watched some of Leicester's games over the last season and the lads have really played some great football. It's incredible what they have achieved, and they've deserved every bit of their success.

"Now I'm looking forward to getting involved myself. I'm a direct player who is very positive with the ball and who likes to cross. All strikers say they like crosses in the box, and they can guarantee that I'll be doing that for them."

Upson, meanwhile, joins after he turned down the offer of a new contract at Brighton.

The 35-year-old played 47 games this season for Brighton, winning the club's player of the year award and helping them reach the playoffs, where they were beaten by Derby.

He will sign a one-year deal on July 1 after his current deal with the Seagulls expires.

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