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Dublin: 11°C Tuesday 18 May 2021

A Premier League medal and promotion on the same day for Ritchie De Laet

The ex-Manchester United defender played his part in successful seasons for both Leicester City and Middlesbrough.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Leicester City v Arsenal - King Power Stadium Ritchie De Laet tangling with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez earlier this season. Source: Paul Harding

SATURDAY WAS QUITE a day for Ritchie De Laet!

After clinching promotion from the Championship with Middlesbrough, the defender raced to the King Power Stadium to join parent club Leicester City’s Premier League trophy celebrations.

Having made 12 appearances for Claudio Ranieri’s side before heading to the Riverside Stadium on loan earlier this season, De Laet was eligible to collect a league winner’s medal.

Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers - Sky Bet Championship - Riverside Stadium De Laet in action for Middlesbrough. Source: Anna Gowthorpe

De Laet had already been adorned with some desirable new neckwear following his exploits with Boro, who drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion to secure second place behind Burnley, and was keen to show off his impressive haul at the end of a busy day that also saw Leicester beat Everton 3-1.

De Laet made 10 appearances for Middlesbrough during his loan spell but was an unused substitute against Brighton.

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