Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson delighted by David Nugent stay

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson praises David Nugent's decision to extend his stay with the Premier League club.

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has expressed his delight following David Nugent's decision to sign a new deal with the club.

The striker, who scored 22 goals last season, penned a two-year contract extension at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday.

"David's contribution to the squad goes a lot further than the goals he scores or the assists he provides. He's a striker that works incredibly hard for the team and helps us to set a tempo that other teams found difficult to cope with last season," Pearson told the club's official website.

"He's a hugely popular, infectious character in the dressing room and a really important part of this group, so I'm delighted that he'll be staying with us in the Premier League."

Nugent joined Leicester from Portsmouth in 2011.

David Nugent of Leicester celebrates scoring from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leicester City and Burnley at The King Power Stadium on December 14, 2013
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