Much to the delight of Leicester City fans everywhere, Danny Drinkwater signed a new contract with the club last week, which will run for 5 years until 2021.
A hugely influential presence in the Leicester midfield, losing Drinkwater would have been an undeniably massive blow for the Foxes, particularly after N’Golo Kante’s departure earlier this summer, to Chelsea.
After rising to prominence during Leicester’s stunning title victory last campaign, the last thing the club hierarchy would have wanted would have been for another important player to leave.
With this news, added to the fact that Riyad Mahrez has also remained at the King Power Stadium, the uncertainty and doubt looks to be over as manager Claudio Ranieri can now focus on gearing up his squad for a title defence.
It’s no exaggeration to state that, even with the club-record signing Islam Slimani joining from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day, perhaps the club’s most important actions in this transfer window have been to secure Drinkwater and Mahrez to new contracts.
Despite a fairly indifferent start to the season, including an opening day defeat to newly-promoted Hull City, Leicester are of course not out of contention yet.
It would be a huge ask, especially when you consider just how much the teams around them have improved, not just from last season but even since the opening day of this season, but retaining the Premier League title is very much still a possibility.
Confirming the retention of such a key figure as Danby Drinkwater, is a massive step the right way as Leicester attempt the unthinkable once more.