Jannik Vestergaard opens up on 'darker periods' at Leicester City and crowd response

Jannik Vestergaard of Leicester City
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Jannik Vestergaard is proud that he has pushed through the “darker periods” of his Leicester City career to earn himself a new three-year contract.

The Danish defender has radically changed his fortunes at the King Power Stadium over the past 12 months, becoming a key player under Enzo Maresca after being frozen out by Brendan Rodgers. He started 42 league games this past season, having only started six in his first two years at City.

Viewed as a flop by fans and way out of the selection picture, even Vestergaard has admitted that he did not foresee such a turnaround. However, now he has established himself as one of the club’s top performers and is hearing his name chanted from the stands, he’s taking pride in his resilience.

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Asked by the club if he could have envisaged signing a new deal 12 months ago, Vestergaard said: “Probably not if I’m being brutally honest. It’s been the most enjoyable time for me in my whole career, actually. I think the atmosphere at the club, the ambition, and the pressure also – going into every game having to win – it’s something I’ve enjoyed a lot.

“It’s been a bit bumpy, but for the most part, it’s been filled with a lot of good people. There’s a lot of ambitious, honest and nice people, who I’ve enjoyed sharing dressing rooms and the pitch with – and even non-football situations as well.

“As much as there have been periods where it’s been a bit darker, it’s definitely been mostly enjoyable. Now, with the football, and my situation having developed in a positive way, I’m just very happy to be here.

“It wasn’t like that for the entirety of my stay, but obviously that change (in fan perception) has meant a lot. It was and it has been a difficult time prior to this season.

“It’s something that fills me with some sort of pride as well that I went through the lows and I continued to work. I’ve come out on the other side and shown a little bit more of what I can contribute. I’m very thankful that some have seen it and expressed it because it means a lot.”

Vestergaard will hope to take his excellent Championship form in the Premier League, having failed to win any of the top-flight matches he has started for the club so far. He’ll get the chance to build that form further this summer as part of the Denmark squad at Euro 2024.

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