Leicester captain Wes Morgan drops retirement hint after realising FA Cup dream

Morgan, who had been out since December with a back problem, is out of contract in the summer

Nick Mashiter
Monday 17 May 2021 08:44
Wes Morgan celebrates with Leicester supporters at Wembley
Wes Morgan celebrates with Leicester supporters at Wembley

Captain Wes Morgan hinted Leicester’s FA Cup heroics could be his perfect Foxes finale. The skipper made a surprise late substitute appearance in Saturday’s historic 1-0 final win over Chelsea, which saw the club lift the trophy for the first time.

Morgan, who had been out since December with a back problem, is out of contract in the summer and the defender – who won the Premier League in 2016 – conceded time is running out on his career.

The 37-year-old said: “Nothing’s been announced yet, I need to discuss it with the club, but I don’t think I’ve got too many more miles on the clock, we’ll say that.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the squad. The gaffer asked me if I could make it on the bench and I said if I’m needed for the last 10 minutes, I’ll be available. We were 1-0 up and the last thing I expected a week ago was to be playing again, but I came on and now I’ve won an FA Cup.”

Morgan came on for the last eight minutes as Leicester survived a late scare to win the cup after Youri Tielemans’ second-half screamer. Former Leicester defender Ben Chilwell had a goal disallowed for offside two minutes from time after a VAR check while Kasper Schmeichel also saved from his old team-mate and Mason Mount.

Five years after winning a shock Premier League title the Foxes lifted a maiden FA Cup and Morgan believes it underlines their ambition with the club also third in the league.

He said: “It shows our intentions. We entered the Premier League six or seven years ago, and we’ve had ups and downs but we’ve got a real direction now since the gaffer took over. We have an identity. We know what we want to achieve and if we want to do that we’ve got to start winning trophies.

“We’re in a strong position (to reach the Champions League), and looking at our fixtures, it’s not job done yet. We’ve got two more games to go, and we play Chelsea again funnily enough, but we know a positive result will secure our place in the top four.”

Luke Thomas also revealed his disbelief after Leicester’s FA Cup triumph. The teenage left-back only made his senior debut last July and lifted the cup with his home-town club having come through the academy.

Thomas, playing in front of a crowd for the first time in his senior career, said: “If you asked me that (winning the FA Cup) a year ago I’d have said: ‘What are you on about, mate?’ I’m pretty speechless. Coming to Wembley, we’ve created history. I know how much it means to fans, I’ve been a Leicester fan since I was born. I’m sure they’ll be having a good time.

“It was really good, to go out for the warm-up to have the fans there to have your back, it gave me an extra motivation. It was unbelievable playing out there and it gave me a boost. It gave me more energy and adrenaline. It was the first time they’ve seen me live at last, so it was a chance for me to show them what I can do.”


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