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Leicester legend Andy King left OUT of Claude Puel’s 25-man Premier League squad – two years after lifting the trophy

The Welsh midfielder is the club's longest-serving player and made 25 league appearances for the Foxes as they shocked the sporting world

Leicester City legend Andy King has been left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League squad for the new season.

Claude Puel does not feel the midfielder will be part of his plans at the King Power Stadium and has axed King from the squad.

Andy King has been left out of Leicester’s 25-man Premier League squad

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Andy King has been left out of Leicester’s 25-man Premier League squad

King came through the club’s academy system and lifted the Premier League in 2016

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King came through the club’s academy system and lifted the Premier League in 2016

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Every Premier League club must submit a list of 25 players to the Premier League, eight of which must be classed as home-grown.

And King has been deemed surplus to requirements on Filbert Way for the upcoming season, but has missed the chance to go out on loan after the loan window closed on Friday.

The signings of midfielders Adrien Silva, Wilfred Ndidi, Vicente Iborra, as well as the emergence of Hamza Choudhury, meant King was rarely used under Puel and he joined Swansea for the second half of last season.

His omission will not come as a major surprise to King and Leicester fans, with the 29-year-old admitting he thought his Leicester career was over when he joined Swansea.


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The signings of Wilfred Ndidi and Adrien Silva led to a fall in King’s first-team opportunities

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The signings of Wilfred Ndidi and Adrien Silva led to a fall in King’s first-team opportunities

The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea and came up against former team-mate N’Golo Kante

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The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea and came up against former team-mate N’Golo Kante

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In January, he said: “My time at Leicester had come to an end. I was not really involved and I am not one of those players who wants to train and not be involved on a Saturday.”

Although his contract runs until 2020, it is now unclear what this season holds for the Welshman, who has 47 caps, as he is unable to move within English football and may be forced into a role in the Under-23s squad.

King has scored 62 goals in his 378 appearances, the 12th-highest in the club’s history, and at just 29 is unlikely to want to hang up his boots just yet.

But his career is at a crossroads with the Leicester City route well and truly blocked off by his French manager.

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He has 47 caps for Wales, including in the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2016 as the Dragons lost to Portugal

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He has 47 caps for Wales, including in the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2016 as the Dragons lost to Portugal

King has scored 62 times in his 378 Leicester appearances, the latest coming in the 4-1 win at Southampton last season

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King has scored 62 times in his 378 Leicester appearances, the latest coming in the 4-1 win at Southampton last season

He came through the youth academy at Leicester City after being released by Chelsea as a teenager and made his first-team debut in a 0-0 draw with Wolves in October 2007, the season the Foxes were relegated into League One.

But the 29-year-old played an impressive 45 matches the following season as Leicester were promoted at the first attempt.

King is the club’s longest-serving player and in 2016 became the only player in English football to win League One, the Championship and the Premier League with the same club.

He made 25 league appearances as Claudio Ranieri’s side pulled off the greatest of shocks to win the Premier League despite odds of 5,000-1.

He made his first-team debut in October 2007 and played a crucial role in the club’s promotion from League One the following season

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He made his first-team debut in October 2007 and played a crucial role in the club’s promotion from League One the following season

The 29-year-old featured for Leicester in their only Champions League campaign, reaching the quarter-finals

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The 29-year-old featured for Leicester in their only Champions League campaign, reaching the quarter-finals

King, though, has struggled for game time since but did score against Everton on the day the squad lifted the trophy and also featured for in the Champions League.

Yohan Benalouane and Callum Elder were also omitted from the squad but King’s fellow Premier League winner Danny Simpson has been included due to a lack of defensive cover.

Neither King or Simpson have featured for the Foxes this season and did not even make the squad for the 4-0 win over Fleetwood in the Carabao Cup.

The 25-man squads do not include players aged under 21 and therefore players such as Choudhury are not included but can still be used in the league.


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