Former Leicester City defender Alexandru Pascanu is today highlighted in a story from Spanish newspaper La Nueva Espana.

The 25-year-old, who belongs to Ponferradina, is having a loan spell at Sporting Gijon, and has been standing out in the second division this season.

Pascanu spent years with Leicester City’s academy, and he now reveals that instead of the Foxes, he could have built his early career with Nottingham Forest instead.

That happened after his move to England, as his parents left Romania looking for a better life. That’s when he drew attention from both clubs.

“When I was six years old I played on the town team. A year later a scout came from Leicester City and another from Nottingham Forest and they invited me to do trials. I went to both clubs. They both loved me. Then my father asked where I wanted to go.

“The distance is almost the same. But I felt better for Leicester City than Nottingham Forest. When I arrived the team was in the Championship. But they are relegated to League One. They had many financial problems. I remember how everything changed… The sports city then was not so good. But the club began to grow.”

Pascanu had appearances for Leicester City’s U-18, U-19 and U-21 levels, but was never really given the chance to make his debut for the first team.

He left the Foxes in 2019, when CFR Cluk bought him for just €600k. Since then, he also played for FC Voluntari, Ponferradina and now Sporting Gijon, who’ll have a buying option over him at the end of the season. Now we wonder whether things would have been different in case he’d chosen Nottingham Forest at the time.