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Leicester City sign Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma on loan for the season – Daily Mail

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Daily Mail
Leicester City sign Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma on loan for the season
Daily Mail
By Sportsmail Reporter Leicester City have signed Jeffrey Bruma on loan until the end of the season from Chelsea. The 19-year-old Dutch centre-half could

Sven-Goran Eriksson hails Leicester City’s new owners – BBC Sport

Friday, February 11th, 2011

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Sven-Goran Eriksson hails Leicester City's new owners
BBC Sport
Leicester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson tells BBC Midlands Late Kick Off that the club's new Thai owners are "perfect". He has also revealed that they
Hat-trick hero Iwan Roberts backs Leicester City for promotionLeicester Mercury
How Sven-Goran Eriksson has revolutionised Leicester CityThe 72 Football League

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Jeffrey Bruma joins Leicester City on loan

Friday, February 11th, 2011

​Leicester City have completed the signing of defender Jeffrey Bruma on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season, subject to Football League approval.

He will be given the No.12 shirt and go straight into the squad for Saturday’s match at Derby.

Leicester snap up Chelsea’s Bruma

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Leicester City sign defender Jeffrey Bruma on loan until the end of the season from Chelsea.

Hat-trick hero Iwan Roberts backs Leicester City for promotion – Leicester Mercury

Friday, February 11th, 2011

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Hat-trick hero Iwan Roberts backs Leicester City for promotion
Leicester Mercury
Terrace favourite Iwan Roberts believes another Leicester City hat-trick hero could be born against Derby County tomorrow.
How Sven-Goran Eriksson has revolutionised Leicester CityThe 72 Football League

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Leicester City midfielder admits his surprise at top award – Leicester Mercury

Friday, February 11th, 2011
Leicester City midfielder admits his surprise at top award
Leicester Mercury
Richie Wellens admitted he was surprised to be the npower Championship player of the month for January. The Leicester City midfielder was

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Hat-trick hero Iwan Roberts backs Leicester City for promotion

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Terrace favourite Iwan Roberts believes another Leicester City hat-trick hero could be born against Derby County tomorrow.

Roberts has predicted a 3-1 win for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side against the Rams at Pride Park.

Back in 1994, it was Roberts who bagged a treble during a memorable 3-3 draw with Derby at Filbert Street.

Roberts, who now works for BBC Wales, said: “That hat-trick was the first of my career.

“It was made even more special because it was a local derby at home and I know what the games mean to the fans.

“To score three goals after going two down was a very special moment for me, and it is one of the best moments I had playing football.”

Roberts had trouble getting the match ball at the end as Derby striker Paul Kitson claimed a hat-trick of his own.

“Kitson said he scored three himself even though one of them was a blatant Jimmy Willis own goal,” said Roberts.

“He wanted the match ball after the game but I made sure I got my hands on that.”

Roberts believes a win for City at tomorrow will re-affirm his view that Eriksson’s side have “a very good chance” of promotion to the Premier League this season.

Roberts was part of both City squads that gained promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs and has been impressed with the impact Eriksson has made at the club.

“The response to Sven’s arrival has been unbelievable. He has brought lots of experience to the club as well as contacts within the game,” said the ex-Wales international.

“I’ve seen City a couple of times on television this year and again when they played Cardiff and Swansea.

“They have a very good chance of promotion, especially if they can keep their improving away form going.”

Roberts believes there are 10 to 12 teams in with a shout of going up this year in what he described as “a crazy league”.

He also thinks his countryman Andy King is imperative to City’s chances of a top-six finish.

“King has really impressed me this year,” said Roberts. “A midfielder who can chip in with double-figure goals is really hard to come by these days, but he definitely falls into that category.

“His goal-scoring form has been fantastic.”

After last Saturday’s 4-1 win against Barnsley, City sit just four points from the play-off places and Roberts is under no illusions that the change in fortunes is down to Eriksson’s impact and his work in the transfer market.

“He’s brought in some quality players of Premier League class,” said Roberts.

“Kyle Naughton has bags of energy and Yakubu will get you goals.”

The Friday Interview: Patrick van Aanholt’s Premier goal

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Patrick van Aanholt is ambitious and he believes his loan spell with Leicester City will help him fulfil his dream of establishing himself as a top Premier League star.

The 20-year-old Dutch left-back has found breaking into the Chelsea first team difficult, especially as he has to force his way past arguably the best left-back in the world at the moment, Ashley Cole.

But van Aanholt is convinced his loan spell will put him in good shape to face that challenge.

Cole is a close friend of van Aanholt and came to watch City beat Barnsley 4-1 at the Walkers Stadium last Saturday.

But, despite his friendship with the England defender, van Aanholt wants to succeed him as Chelsea’s first-choice left-back.

The former PSV Eindhoven defender knew that to be ready and match-fit to seize his opportunity when it eventually arrives, he needed to go out on loan to get match experience.

Despite the reservations of Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti about his defender dropping into the Championship, van Aanholt said he relished linking up with City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side.

“I hope to play lots of games and get more experience so, when I get back to Chelsea, I am ready to get more games and fight for a spot in the team,” said van Aanholt, who has been on international duty this week with the Holland Under-21s.

“It is really frustrating at Chelsea, I have been on the bench nearly every game but I wanted to play more games.

“It is hard for me because I have one of the best left-backs in the world in front of me. I just have to be patient.

“Before Christmas I played in four Champions League games and in the League Cup, and scored against Newcastle. I have also played in the FA Cup against Ipswich Town. So I have played a few games, but it is not enough for me.

“It will be good for my development to come here. I played at Coventry and Newcastle last season but Leicester is a big club and they have played in the Premier League as well. I am looking forward to it.”

Van Aanholt said he was shocked when Eriksson called him directly to see if he was interested in the move, but he welcomed the call.

“Sven called me himself, and I don’t know how he got my number,” he said.

“He called my agent and I think he gave him my number. We spoke on the phone. I said I wanted to keep my options open because there were a lot of clubs in for me and I was waiting for a Premier League team to come in for me.

“I wanted to go to a Premier League club first but then that didn’t happen so I called Sven. My manager spoke to him and sorted it out for me.

“I was not thinking about coming to the Championship. I spoke to the Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti, and he wanted me to go to the Premier League or stay there.

“But I said I wanted to play games, get my fitness back and show people what I had. So I got him to contact Leicester.”

Van Aanholt confessed the arrival of big-name players like Yakubu at the Walkers Stadium convinced him to ignore any reservations about dropping down a level, and demonstrated the ambition of the club he was joining.

“It did help convince me,” he said. “When I saw he signed for Leicester, I was like ‘ooh, they are a big club then for Yakubu to go there from Everton’.

“It really helped me and, when I came here, I spoke to him, and he has helped me since I have been here.”

Cole may have been a casual visitor to the Walkers Stadium to support a close friend – or he may have just been keeping a close eye on the man who could challenge for his Chelsea place.

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