Leicester to sign German World Cup ‘keeper Zieler


Berlin (AFP) – English champions Leicester City are set to strengthen their squad for next season by signing World Cup winner goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler from relegated Hanover 96, the German club announced on Sunday.

The 27-year-old ‘keeper is set to travel to England on Monday to complete the medical with his transfer to cost a reported 3.5 million euros ($3.9m) after he activated a release clause in his Hanover contract.

Cologne-born Zieler will be returning to England having spent two years as a trainee at Manchester United, plus a loan spell at Northampton Town.

He joined Hanover in 2010 and made 185 league appearances, and was captain of the club, before 96 were relegated having finished last in Germany’s top flight.

Zieler has made five appearances for Germany and was part of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup, but did not play a single minute in Brazil.

He has not been selected for next month’s European championships in France, but is set to challenge Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for Leicester’s Number One shirt next season.

“We always knew that with his exceptional quality, Ron would continue playing in the first division,” said Hanover’s managing director Martin Bader.

“Should the contract negotiations go well for him, we wish him all the best for the future.”

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