"Now, it's time for the next chapter."
Talented midfielder Arjan Raikhy has joined Leicester City after his Aston Villa exit.
The Punjabi wonderkid was set to decide upon his future, amid interest in his services from clubs across the divisions, with Leicester being one of the teams.
After suffering relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the season, Leicester City have been active in the transfer window as they look to return to the top division at the first time of asking.
With James Maddison and Harvey Barnes joining Tottenham and Newcastle respectively, new boss Enzo Maresca has a sizeable budget to improve his squad.
Harry Winks, Conor Coady and Mads Hermansen have already arrived at the King Power Stadium.
The 2015-16 Premier League champions have now added Arjan Raikhy to their squad.
Arjan’s father Rav Raikhy said:
“We’re all so proud to see Arjan sign for Leicester, who are of course former Premier League champions.
“It’s been a wonderful journey with Aston Villa, and as a family, we’re grateful to everyone at the club and the amazing Villa fans for all of the support.
“Now, it’s time for the next chapter.
“It’s a really exciting move for Arjan and it gives kids the chance to dare to dream. The journey continues.”
Arjan wrote on X: “New chapter. Delighted to be here at Leicester City. Let’s go!”
Thanking his former club, he added:
“It’s been an amazing past 8 years at this club, to the staff who have helped my development, not only as a player but as a person, to the Villa Fans who have supported me along the way, thank you.
“I wish everyone involved with the club great success.”
He shot to prominence after a stunning goal against Chelsea for Aston Villa’s under-18s back in November 2020.
Two months later, the Wolverhampton-born midfielder made his first-team debut in an FA Cup third-round tie against Liverpool.
It was a moment that was described as “incredible” by supporters’ group Punjabi Villans.
Arjan ended a memorable season by setting up Ben Chrisene’s opener in a 2-1 victory against Liverpool as Villa’s U18s lifted the FA Youth Cup.
The following season, the central midfielder enjoyed a productive season as he earned the unique distinction of helping Stockport County and Grimsby Town get promoted back to the Football League during two separate loan spells.
Arjan joins fellow British South Asian player Hamza Choudhury, who has been at the club since he was 13.
During the 2022-23 season, he was on loan at Watford.
Leicester City are now preparing to play Cardiff City on August 19, 2023, as they look to make it three wins out of three.