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Richie Wellens signs new Leicester contract

Richie Wellens
Richie is a fantastic player, a true professional. He is part of the heartbeat of the team

Sven-Goran Eriksson on Wellens

Leicester City midfielder Richie Wellens has signed an extended contract which will keep at the Walkers Stadium until the summer of 2014.

The 30-year-old joined the Foxes in 2009 from Doncaster Rovers and has become a key member of the side.

Wellens, a former Manchester United trainee, told the club website: "This is a club with a big future that wants to get back in the Premier League.

"I'm delighted that I'll have the chance to be part of that."

Boss Sven-Goran Eriksson said the deal was "great" news, adding: "Richie is a fantastic player, a true professional.

"Technically, he is second-to-none. He is quick has great skill and vision and when he plays well, we play well.

"Richie is part of the heartbeat of the team and I believe that there is more to come from him in the future."

Wellens has made 90 appearances for City and missed just one league game during the 2010/11 campaign.

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