Ritchie De Laet extends Leicester City deal until 2018

Ritchie De Laet has signed a new four-year contract extension to stay at Leicester City until 2018.

De Laet, 25, signed for the Foxes from Manchester United in 2012, and has made 97 appearances for the club having helped them achieve promotion to the Premier League last season.

The Belgian has started every one of Leicester's league games this term, and told the club's official website: "I'm so happy to sign a new deal here at Leicester. I'm settled, my family has settled and hopefully it'll be a good thing for the club and me. I just want to finish this year well, stay in the Premier League and kick on from there.

"Leicester took a risk with me at the start when they brought me here without a lot of experience and they stuck with me, so now I'm doing the same thing with them.

"It's been nearly the same group since I've been here. Most have signed new contracts to stay with Leicester, so we're a group that are tied together and we'll fight together to stay in the Premier League."

De Laet -- who has been caped twice by Belgium -- started his club career at Roiyal Antwerp before being signed by Stoke in 2007.

Sir Alex Ferguson then signed the defender after he impressed on loan at Wrexham, but he was unable to secure a regular role at Old Trafford despite a number of loan spells.

The right-back left United for King Power Stadium alongside Matty James in 2012, and helped them achieve a Championship playoff spot in his first season.

The Foxes went one better the following season, and after securing promotion to the top flight, they currently sit 18th in the Premier League with nine points from 11 games.