I knew Leicester City would win Premier League title - Daniel Amartey

Published on: 06 October 2016
I knew Leicester City would win Premier League title - Daniel Amartey
Daniel Amartey

Daniel Amartey was convinced Leicester City would win the Premier League title last season – after just a couple of training sessions with his team-mates.

The 21-year-old joined City from FC Copenhagen midway through last season when City were defying the odds by topping the table at Christmas, just 12 months on from being rock-bottom.

But while everyone else expected City to drop off the title pace, Amartey said he was convinced they could stay the course and told his disbelieving new team-mates.

"When I came I saw in my first training session how the team are as one," said the defensive midfielder.

"It helped me join them because they are together. That is why they were top. For me, and I told my team-mates this, I said they were going to win the league.

They told me 'shhh', but I said 'for sure'. They asked me why? I said it was because they are one together and they fight together. If you have a lot of love then it is good.

"They are together, they are tight. Outside, the managers, and everyone, they are all together and I like it."

Amartey played a supporting role last season, stepping in occasionally as a right-back, but this season he has taken on a more prominent role as City's new defensive enforcer following the departure of N'Golo Kante.

Amartey admits it has been tough to step up to the plate but said he had received great support from his team-mates.

"Everyone is helping me," said Amartey. "I like my team-mates because they are always talking to me, and they are one. They help each other on the pitch.

"It is difficult when you come into a new team. You have to be strong. You have to learn a lot in training and outside training.

"It was okay, they put me at right-back and I have to do my best there. Then they put me at centre-back and I have to do my best. It is okay. Now I am in central midfield. I have to do my best to help the team wherever I play.

"I have found it good to get a run in the team but I can't be satisfied, I have to keep on working and keep helping the team and my team-mates on the pitch.

"I have to improve winning my tackles, 50-50 balls. I have to help the defenders and give good passes.

"It is up to me, I have to focus, work hard on my training, listen to my coach and improve. I can get better."