Ricardo van Rhijn comments on rejecting Leicester City last summer

Ricardo van Rhijn with head in hands

The Dutch international could have been part of the title-winning squad.

Ricardo van Rhijn tackles Cristiano RonaldoRicardo van Rhijn tackles Cristiano Ronaldo

Dutch international defender Ricardo van Rhijn has been discussing his decision not to sign for Leicester City last summer.

The Ajax right-back, who has eight caps for the Dutch national team, told Voetbal Zone this week:

“Repelling Leicester City at that time was a logical choice, but it was in hindsight, of course, a wonderful adventure.

“I have since otherwise had no pain in my stomach and have watched (Leicester) with a smile.”

Ricardo van Rhijn with head in handsRicardo van Rhijn with head in hands

Of course his decision to reject for Leicester did seem fair last summer. They had narrowly survived relegation the season before and had appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager – a laregely uninspiring appointment.

Of course they went on to stun the footballing world by winning the Premier League title.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson, Kasper Schmeichel, Riyad Mahrez, Andy King, Christian Fuchs, Danny Drinkwater, Leonardo Ulloa, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy with the trophy on the bus during the paradeLeicester City title parade

Meanwhile van Rhijn had a season he would personally like to forget.

He lost his place in the Ajax team to young pretender Kenny Tete. When he got injured he was implored to stay at the club, only to see Joel Veltman to switch from centre-back to right-back and take his place.

Austria's Jakob Jantscher and Netherland's Joel Veltman in action.Austria's Jakob Jantscher and Netherland's Joel Veltman in action.

He ended up playing just 14 times for Ajax in the 2015-16 season and is expected to leave the club this summer to help improve his chances of a recall to the Dutch national team going forward.

If he had gone to Leicester, he might already have done so.

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