Former Chelsea man Robert Huth has signed for Leicester City from Stoke City, the Foxes announced on their official website.
The 30-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the King Power stadium. He made 14 appearances and was a major part of their miraculous escape from the relegation zone with seven wins from their last nine games. As such it is no wonder that manager Nigel Pearson wanted to keep the defender permanently.
Huth started his career with Chelsea, and perhaps saw his best years there as a youngster. The centre-back picked up two Premier League winners medals, and was in the side regularly enough to win a call up to the German national team. However, after the 2006 World Cup he left both the Blues and the international side, and hasn’t added to his 19 Mannschaft caps since.
He moved on to Middlesbrough, and left after a couple of games in the Championship after their 2009 relegation. Stoke picked up the defender after that, and he became a regular under Tony Pulis at the Britannia. In his first four seasons he played 149 games, but the arrival of Mark Hughes led to the opportunities drying up. In the last two campaigns Huth has only featured 19 times for the Potters, hence the loan move.
The centre-back will now be hoping to resurrect his career with the Foxes, and possibly help to avoid having to conjure another miraculous escape towards the end of the next campaign.