RC Lens has confirmed that veteran goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca has extended his stay in the north of France for an additional two years. Leca, who serves as the backup goalkeeper for the club, has become a fan favorite and a leader in the locker room.
At 38 years old, Leca has agreed to a two-year contract extension, which will keep him with the club until 2025. Despite the arrival of Brice Samba from Nottingham Forest, Leca has maintained a significant influence within the RC Lens squad. He is considered one of the team’s leaders off the pitch and often serves as a mentor to younger players.
Lorient had shown interest in signing the veteran goalkeeper, but Leca’s decision was already made. The former Ajaccio goalkeeper has become a beloved figure among the RC Lens faithful, and his leadership qualities have not gone unnoticed by the club’s management.
Jean-Louis Leca garde-t-il 𝒍𝒂 𝒇𝒍𝒂𝒎𝒎𝒆 ? 🔥 pic.twitter.com/YXGIEUIj0a
— Racing Club de Lens (@RCLens) December 5, 2023
Leca’s contract was originally set to expire in 2024. However, with less than six months remaining on his current deal, RC Lens moved quickly to secure the services of their veteran goalkeeper for an additional season. Leca has yet to feature in an official competition for the club during the 2023/24 season.
The extension of Leca’s contract is a significant move for RC Lens. The club is currently competing in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over a decade, and Leca’s experience and leadership will be crucial in guiding the team through the challenges that come with competing at the highest level of European football.