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Jonny Evans embodies the values of Leicester City, claims Brendan Rodgers after handing defender club captaincy

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans has been named the new Leicester City captain by his manager Brendan Rodgers.

Arnlough man Rodgers says he sees Evans – who is just two games away from a century of caps for his country – as the natural successor to Kasper Schmeichel.

Evans, last season’s vice-captain, will take up his new role following the Denmark goalkeeper’s move to French club Nice this week.

He said the former Manchester United favorite commands “great respect” from the dressing room.

“Jonny represents the collective standards and values ​​of these players and what they stand for,” the Foxes boss said ahead of the club’s opening game against Brentford. “He is a player with enormous experience.

“In the dressing room, he has a lot of respect for what he has achieved and how he behaves on a day-to-day basis. He’s the natural guy to step forward after Kasper’s gone.”

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has expressed hesitation about Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability for United’s season opener but reiterated that the wanton striker is part of his plans for the new season.

The 37-year-old is looking to leave Old Trafford after just a year at the club, which he won heaps of trophies with in his first tenure. He missed the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to a family issue and played his first 45 minutes before the new season in the Red Devils’ final warm-up friendly against Rayo Vallecano last Sunday.

Asked if the Portuguese will play Brighton in the Premier League opener, ten Hag said: “We’ll see Sunday.

“I already told you, we plan with the season (with him). We have a top striker and I’m very happy he’s here, he’s in the squad and we’re sticking to that plan.”

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