Leicester captain Wes Morgan to retire from football at the end of the season

The 37-year-old defender who captained Leicester to its surprise Premier League title triumph in 2015-16 will retire at the end of the season.

Wes Morgan to retire from football at the end of the season; Credit: Twitter/@Wes5L1nk

Wes Morgan, who captained Leicester City to their surprise Premier League title triumph in 2015-16 will retire from football at the end of the current season. The central defender joined the Foxes in 2012 from Nottingham Forest. Later, he went on to win three titles at Leicester including this seasons FA Cup. Although he has been struggling with a back problem this season Brendan Rodgers kept him in the team as he was an important personality in the dressing room.

Morgan has made 324 appearances for the Foxes and scored 14 goals in all competitions. The 2015-16 Premier League title winning campaign was his best season in the top flight football. The Jamaican made 38 appearances and led the Leicester defence that conceded just 36 goals in the season and had one of the best defensive records.

Leicester won the English championship title in the year 2013-14 to return to the Premier League. They accumulated a whopping 102 points to win the title, nine points more than the second placed Burnley. Morgan made 45 appearances for the Foxes that season. He also has 30 international caps for Jamaica.

Morgan came on as a late substitute in the 1-0 FA Cup final win over Chelsea on May 15th. It was the 37-year-old’s third title. For a footballer who didn’t play in the top flight football till the age of 30 and finish his career with three title’s including the Premier League and FA Cup is a marvelous achievement.

‘Wes Morgan a legend’ – Brendan Rodgers

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers described Wes Morgan as a “legend”

“He did not play top-flight football until he was 30 years old, and went on to win three trophies (including the Championship title) and now he has iconic status,” he said on Friday.

Leicester will host Tottenham in the final match of the season on Sunday, with the hopes of securing a Champions League spot for next season, added: “He’ll always be a legend of this club. It’s a remarkable career that sadly comes to an end.

“In my time here, it was important for me to keep him. He wasn’t maybe going to play as much anymore but he was an important personality. He’s given me all that and more.”

Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha also paid tribute to the long-serving skipper.

“Wes has been one of Leicester City’s greatest servants, leading the team through the club’s most successful era and helping to set the standards that have pushed the club forward,’ he said.

“A big brother to everyone he has played with, a strong representative of the squad and a valuable source of counsel to managers and senior executives in the club, his contribution has been enormous.”

Winning the final match and finishing in the top four, if other results go their way, is the best possible sent off Leicester could give to Morgan.

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