Kasper Schmeichel claimed today he had “no bad feeling” over his summer sale by Leeds United – and admitted he had forgotten that his old club were Leicester City’s opponents on Sunday.
The Leicester goalkeeper, who spent last season with United, said there was “no point living in the past” as he reflected on a 12-month stay at Elland Road and his unexpected departure in June.
Leeds sold Schmeichel to Leicester for £750,000 after manager Simon Grayson chose to replace his first-choice keeper. United also held doubts about whether Schmeichel would be willing to extend a contract which was running into its final year.
Grayson filled Schmeichel’s position by signing Andy Lonergan from Preston North End, with Paul Rachubka coming to Leeds as second-choice. Lonergan is nursing a broken finger and Rachubka’s position at Elland Road looks questionable after his errors and half-time substitution in Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to Blackpool.
Schmeichel, meanwhile, has started all 15 of Leicester’s Championship fixtures and said his attention on City’s recent games had distracted him from thinking about tomorrow’s match at the King Power Stadium.
Schmeichel said: “I haven’t thought about Leeds. Neil Danns reminded me it was Leeds on Sunday because I didn’t realise.
“I’ve just been so focused on what I’m doing with Leicester and everything that’s been going on.
“There is no bad feeling (about his exit from Leeds). I’m so happy to be at Leicester. That’s all in the past and there’s no point living in the past. I’m really happy I’m here and enjoying every minute I’m here. This is a new chapter for me.”
Schmeichel is one of two former Leeds players at Leicester, alongside striker Jermaine Beckford, but Beckford is expected to start on the bench tomorrow behind David Nugent and veteran forward Steve Howard.
City are still to settle into their campaign after a start to the season which earned former manager Sven Goran Eriksson the sack, but they turned in a dominant performance in a 3-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday, climbing to ninth in the Championship.