Official: Leicester City snap up Nigerian defender on five-year deal 

Published: July 09, 2024
Official: Leicester City snap up Nigerian defender on five-year deal 

With a statement on their official website, Leicester City have confirmed the permanent signing of Italian-born Nigerian defender Caleb Okoli from Serie A side Atalanta, subject to Premier League and international clearance.

Caleb, who represented Italy at the 2023 European U21 Championship, has signed a five-year contract and will join the Foxes for the 2024/25 Premier League season.

Expressing his excitement, Caleb described joining Leicester as a significant opportunity and praised the club as one of the best in the world.

"I think now is the right moment [for me] to make a step forward and a very big one. I’m very happy with the choice I made, so I’m very excited to start in the Premier League," Okoli said to Leicester's official webpage. 

"Now I’m here in Leicester I’m feeling ready to start with my new team," he told Foxes Hub. "The Premier League is the best league in the world.

"Leicester is a beautiful club, an important club and the two combined together, so I took this opportunity to come and express myself in the Premier League."

Born in Vicenza, Italy, Okoli joined Atalanta in the summer of 2015 and won the National Youth Super Cup (Primavera) with the Under-19s in 2019.

He spent the 2020/21 season on loan at SPAL in Serie B, making 16 league appearances and scoring once in a 2-1 victory over Lecce.

Okoli made his Serie A debut for Atalanta in August 2022, featuring in a 2-0 win against Sampdoria.

During the 2022/23 campaign, he made 17 appearances, contributing to Atalanta's fifth-place finish and UEFA Europa League qualification.

In September 2023, he joined newly promoted Serie A club Frosinone on a season-long loan, where he made 37 appearances in all competitions, further enhancing his reputation.

Adeyemi Adewale


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