Previously rejecting the chance to join Newcastle United, Boubakary Soumaré finally decided to try out the Premier League in the summer when Leicester City came knocking.

The young midfielder was a heavily wanted man following his good form at Lille, and it was Brendan Rodgers who eventually won the race for the 22-year-old, who hasn’t wasted any time in establishing himself as a key member of the Premier League side.

Already counting 15 games to his name, he’s also picked up an assist in the 1-1 draw against Leeds United at the weekend, but there is a constant desire to do better, whether it is personally or for the club as a whole, with Leicester currently 11th in the table.

The player was interviewed prior to his trip to Elland Road by Canal+, whose first question was about his decision to swap Lille for Leicester.

He said: “It was a transfer wanted by all three parties, and my arrival here went well. It’s not easy to leave. I’m 22, it’s the first time I’ve left France and I didn’t see myself going to a club and be left to one side, and here is the complete opposite of that, it’s like a family. That’s what I was looking for and it counted a lot towards me coming here”.

The player then went on to reveal he’s closest to Wesley Fofana in the group, having known him for a while before signing thanks to their time with the France youth teams, before being asked about his relationship with Brendan Rodgers.

He continued: “I had him on the phone before I signed. He wanted to do big things with me and the team. He’s very open and is helping my develop quickly because it’s a quick league, very physical. It was a good step for me to come here. It was the end of a cycle for me at Lille. I felt ready to take the step up and come to the Premier League”.

As for the difference between Ligue 1 and the Premier League, Soumaré admitted with a smile that the intensity of England’s top-tier was a ‘slap in the face’.

He’s adapted, though, and the hope is for him and Leicester to do great things together, with their aim to redress the situation starting with a home draw against top of the league Chelsea after the international break.