Michael Keane pleased with Leicester City promotion

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Former Leicester City loanee Michael Keane believes that the club's promotion from the Championship has been motivated by their dramatic playoff defeat to Watford last year.

Former Leicester City loanee Michael Keane has claimed that the club's promotion from the Championship this season has been motivated by their dramatic defeat in the playoffs last year.

The East Midlands club had their promotion to the Premier League confirmed on Saturday after other results ensured that Queens Park Rangers and Derby County could not catch them.

Keane, who is now on loan at Blackburn Rovers, played for the Foxes in the playoff semi-final against Watford last May when Leicester's promotion hopes ended with Troy Deeney's last-minute goal.

"Maybe the experience they had last year has motivated themselves to do even better this year," Clubcall.com quotes Keane as saying.

"They got a few good players in the summer and a few good loan players. They always had the talent in their squad, it was just about consistency and grinding out a few wins.

"They've managed to do that throughout the season and I'm really glad they've managed to get up. There's a great manager there and a great squad of players so they deserve it."

Leicester sit nine points clear at the top of the table with six games remaining.

England's Michael Keane celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Finland during their 2015 UEFA European Under 21 Championships Qualifier Group 1 match on November 14, 2013
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