Adrien Silva is finally looking forward to put long time of frustration’ behind him after finally completing is registration as a Leicester player.
The Portugese international was not able seal a £22million move from Sporting Lisbon on transfer window dead-line last summer because the paper work was submitted 14 seconds late.
Subsequent appeal to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport were rejected, which means both the club and player needed to wait until next January for Silva to be eligible to play.
Silva is excited about the possibility of now being able to make his debut for Leicester, despite the fact that his registration was not finished on time for him to face Huddersfield later on Monday.
‘I will be fit as a fiddle since I have worked a great deal – I believe in that – however I need to play recreations to improve.’The 28-year-old, who has played several behind-closed-doors friendlies to help gain match fitness, told LCFC TV: ‘It’s been very frustrating, but now the difficult times are past me and now I’m very happy to be close to my goal.
‘I’ve been working hard every day to arrive at this moment and I’m in good shape.
‘I will be in good shape because I have worked a lot – I have confidence in that – but I have to play games to get better.’
Silva thanked his team-mates for helping him during his spell on the sidelines, and says he sees a ‘great future’ for Claude Puel’s men.
‘They’ve been great for me and they keep pushing to keep my mentality up,’ he said:
‘They have been very important for me. I see a great future in front of us.
‘They keep your smile on your face. I have to thank them also for being there, not only in the good times but also in the bad ones.’