Leicester star delighted to play with Argentine midfield legend

Dean Hammond has expressed his admiration for Leicester’s summer signing Esteban Cambiasso.

The 34-year-old midfielder moved to the King Power Stadium in the summer, following the expiration of his Internazionale contract, having spent 10 years in Milan.

Having won 23 official titles during his illustrious playing career, the 52-capped man is the most decorated Argentine player in history, with the highlight coming in 2010, when he won the UEFA Champions League under Jose Mourinho.

The ageing midfielder made his debut for the Foxes as a substitute, coming on at half-time at Stoke as Leicester won their first game of the season, before starting his first game on Sunday - against Manchester United at home.

Cambiasso netted the equalising goal for Leicester, as the Championship winners went to claim a memorable 5-3 victory over the visitors. He was subbed off the pitch soon after his goal, but he set the wheels in motion for Jamie Vardy and countryman Leonardo Ulloa to take the game beyond United’s reach.

Dean Hammond sat alongside Cambiasso in the centre of midfield, and the former Southampton man told lcfc.com that he is learning from the Argentine everyday.

The 31-year-old said: "The midfield worked well. You learn off Esteban every day. His English is very good and he always talks to you.

"I have learnt so much from Esteban's communication skills. All the time he is pulling players into position. He's always dictating the game, he's very good at knowing where he is on the pitch.

"If you see him he very rarely has more than one or two touches as he knows where he is. He keeps the ball very well and he's a really nice bloke as well.”

Despite having never played in the Premier League, the midfielder’s experience and skill set perfectly complement the team that Nigel Pearson has been building at the King Power Stadium. Hammond and Cambiasso control the play, with the younger figures of Danny Drinkwater, Matty James and Andy King shuttling up and down the field. And Hammond has praised the efforts of the younger men, with their physicality allowing constant attacking pressure on the United ranks.

"Danny Drinkwater came in as well and was fantastic. We worked well and with Andy King and Matty James coming on we had competition.

"We just kept trying to attack, it was pure perseverance.”

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