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Schmeichel has ‘high ambitions’ for new club Nice – Sporting Life

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Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said on Friday he has “high ambitions” to replicate his success with Leicester City at new club Nice.

The 35-year-old was the mainstay of the most successful period in the English club’s history winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield in his 11-year spell.

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“In football, if you have a feeling, you have to go with it,” said the former Leicester captain, who wants to turn the Riviera outfit back into the “top club” who won four Ligue 1 titles, the last in 1959.

“Leicester is a club that I love. The decision to leave family members is difficult,” Schmeichel told a press conference.

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“But I am 35 years old. It was time to challenge myself, with the desire to continue to grow as a .er and person – a new language, a new experience for my family.

“But the main reason was the fact that Ineos (owners) have very high ambitions for Nice. They want to make it a top club. I see similarities t. with when I joined Leicester.”

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The son of former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel joined Leicester from Leeds in 2011 and soon became a fans’ favourite with his 479 appearances the third most in the club’s history.

“My aim is to bring solid foundations, stability,” he continued.

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“It’s also to represent the club on and off the pitch in the best way.

“I’m not . to pull out big saves all the time but to consolidate the basics. Then, our strikers will make us win.”

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Nice finished fifth in Ligue 1 last season and open their new campaign at Toulouse on Sunday.

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