Leicester City of England midfielder, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi will have the pleasure of mentoring and motivating one of his former colleagues at Racing Genk of Belgium, Timothy Castagne, who has now joined him at King Power Stadium, megasportsarena.com gathered.
Ndidi is already back in training with the squad, after staying away from the beginning of their pre-season drills last weekend, and he will now formally welcome Castagne, after the full-back completed his move to Leicester on Thursday.
Castagne admitted that he will be banking on his former Genk teammate to help him settle in quickly at his new club and that Ndidi will help him to adapt quickly at King Power Stadium, where the Belgium international sealed a five-year contract after arriving from Atalanta of Italy.
He would be delighted seeing Ndidi return to training with The Foxes, following some time in self-isolation after holidaying in Nigeria; which made the 23-year-old midfielder miss their first two pre-season games against Birmingham City and Sheffield United.
Ndidi on Friday linked up in training with his Nigerian compatriot, Kelechi Iheanacho and his other teammates, thereby throwing cold water on speculation that he was toying with an idea of joining one of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur of England, Real Madrid of Spain or Paris-Saint Germaine of France, who have all been linked with transfer interest in him this summer.
His return to training with the squad now opens a new chapter for Ndidi, who scored twice in 32 league appearances for Leicester last season and the battling midfielder, who started his Euro career with Genk in 2015, then spent two years with the Belgian club before moving to England, now has Castagne looking up to him for guidance through the upcoming challenges.
Castagne told the club’s website: “I’ve heard a lot. I had a preview, with Youri (Tielemans) and Dennis (Praet). We talked a bit; so I know a few things. It’s going to be a lot easier. I know also Ndidi from our time in Genk. It’s going to be nice, as well, to see him again. Of course, it’s going to be way easier for me.”