Spanish defender Luis Hernandez will be joining English Premier League champions Leicester from Sporting Gijon on a four-year deal. This piece of transfer information was confirmed by the Foxes on Tuesday as they hope to retain the title they won last season.

Hernandez, will join Leicester as a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Sporting Gijon.

A statement on Leicester’s website reads: “Leicester City Football Club are delighted to announce that Spanish defender Luis Hernandez will join on a four-year deal, starting on 1 July, 2016.

“The 27-year-old will join the Premier League champions on a free transfer after his contract with La Liga outfit Sporting Gijon expires.

“The central defender is a product of the Real Madrid youth academy, having represented the club’s B and C sides before a move to Sporting Gijon in 2012, where he soon established himself as a starter.

“With the Foxes set to embark upon their first-ever UEFA Champions League campaign in 2016/17, the addition of Hernandez bolsters what is an already formidable stable of defenders.

“Hernandez will join after playing a key role in securing a final day survival for Sporting Gijon in La Liga, during which they secured a 2-0 win over Villarreal that kept them up at the expense of Getafe.

“Since making his debut for Sporting Gijon against Racing de Santander in the Spanish second tier during September 2012, Hernandez has built a solid reputation for himself as a ball-playing defender with an excellent ability to read the game.