By Dominic Toner
Adrien Silva has revealed that he will join Premier League champions Leicester City.
Silva, 27, has told Portuguese outlet OJogo that he will be joining Leicester despite interest from Tottenham this summer.
“Yes, I confirm this proposal. The sporty design of Leicester is very interesting and corresponds to my career goals,” he said when asked about a proposed move to the King Power Stadium.
“After the past 15 years at Sporting, this opportunity is something exceptional for me and can allow me to express and impose myself in another championship, and also to evolve in the Premier League, which is a stunning league.
“With Sporting I lived many moments of happiness. I can say that I grew up with the club. At 27 years old, and after so many years of loyalty, I think that no one will criticise me for wanting to embrace this challenge.”
O Jogo reported that the Premier League champions have been in touch with the Portuguese giants over the transfer of Silva and have offered in the region of £21.3million for the services of the midfielder.
The Sun reported this month that the 27-year-old club captain has also been targeted by Spurs in this summer transfer window, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to bolster his squad.
Silva has expressed his desire to leave Sporting this summer and is now set to experience his first taste of Premier League football.
He has made 13 appearances for his country and was part of the Portugal squad that upset the odds by winning Euro 2016 in France, beating the hosts in the final.
The central midfielder has scored 33 goals in 199 appearances for Sporting, along with registering 15 assists in a career where he has won the Taca de Portugal twice and the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira three times.
Known for his passing qualities, Silva is Sporting’s midfield heartbeat and was crowned the club’s player of the year in 2013.
Mauricio Pochettino has managed to recruit midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama to bolster his options however it is the second time in recent times they have lost out to Leicester, after losing a well fought Premier League title race last season.
In other Tottenham transfer news, their attacking target looks set to sign for European giants.