ANDERLECHT star Kara Mbodji has snubbed the Premier League to pledge his future to the Belgian champions.
Crystal Palace and Leicester led the chase for the £10million-rated Senegal defender, with Swansea and Huddersfield also interested.
An Anderlecht spokesman said: “Despite interest from various European clubs, we have reached an agreement with Kara to extend his contract.
“The 27-year-old defensive leader will now stay at Parc Astrid until 2020. We are delighted to be able to count on the Senegal international’s services in the seasons to come.”
The Senegal international joined Anderlecht in 2015 from Genk and has since made 61 appearance for the club.
Mbodji’s best position is centre-back but he is equally as adept at playing in holding midfield.
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And Mbodiji was named in the Team of the Tournament at the 2017 competition.
The Foxes were thought to have wanted two new defenders with skipper Wes Morgan already 33 and his defensive partner last season, Robert Huth, turning the same age on August 18.
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Craig Shakespeare’s side signed Harry Maguire from Hull for £17 million in July.
The former champions will pay the centre-half £80,000 a week for the next five years.
The English centre-back featured as Leicester lost their league opener against Arsenal (4-3) on Friday.