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Davide Lorenzo Signs With Premier League Side Leicester City

By USL League Two Staff, 01/07/19, 9:50AM EST


Former FA Euro striker joins the English side following an improbable journey

Courtesy of FA Euro

One of the club's most famous for their improbable run to English Premier League glory in 2015 has signed a player that fits all the characteristics that have made Leicester City among the most intriguing clubs in the world.

Former USL League Two striker Davide Lorenzo has signed a professional contract with Leicester City after spending the 2017 season in the United States with New York-based FA Euro.

Lorenzo, 24, developed as a young player in Serie A club Juventus' academy before playing in Serie D (fourth division in Italy) following his time at FA Euro.

The striker had considered retirement at a young age when he contemplated the reality of signing a professional contract in Europe being a challenge, but that was when he was he met late Leicester City Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a restaurant in Nice, France.

From there, Srivaddhanaprabha was impressed with Lorenzo's determination, which was enough for the young player to earn a trial, and eventually a contract, with the Foxes.

“I told about my difficulties," Lorenzo said in an interview with "A year ago I did not know English, I learned it in New York where I did not make it to the professional ranks, but without that experience, I could never tell my story to the owner of Leicester. Now I speak four languages. Vichai asked me: "Would you like to play in Thailand? Or in Belgium?" I replied: "Look, I would go anywhere, but now I have to get in shape, I have to train."

Lorenzo feels that his willingness to push past the obstacles in his life in the pursuit of a professional career has been the biggest key to his success.

"I think the principle of determination is the most important quality one can possess," Lorenzo said. "I hope to be a good example of that. To sign a professional contract, at my age, is no easy feat. I've always believed in my talent but was aware of my weaknesses and mistakes that I would make both on and off the field. I worked on minimizing those errors through repetition and was strong-willed at improving.

"If I was able to get a contract with Leicester, I think it was a mix of luck, but more importantly perseverance that helped me achieve this dream. I think this is what Vichai noticed in me when he gave me this unforgettable opportunity."

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