Reports emerged last week that Leicester City had signed a young Peruvian by the name of Pier Larrauri. For Foxes supporters interested in knowing more about their new signing, or neutral observers taking an interest, here are 10 Things You Need to Know About Pier Larrauri.
1. Larrauri was born on the 24th March 1994 in Siena, Italy to an Italian father and Peruvian mother.
2. He is a supporter of Alianza Lima, one of the most popular teams in Peru.
3. He began his football career in the youth divisions of Club Regatas Lima, moving on to Universitario de Deportes and then Sporting Cristal, before settling at Esther Grande de Bertin – a non-profit academy for young footballers that acts as a feeder for Peruvian Primera Divison club Sporting Cristal – in 2004.
4. In 2007, at the age of 13, he moved to Bayern Munich in Germany after impressing on trial at the Bavarian giants, but returned homesick after six months having struggled to make an impression. He had been recommended to Bayern by agent Carlos Delgado, who had in the past drawn the club’s attention to Claudio Pizarro and Paulo Guerrero.
5. Upon his return to Peru he suffered from injury problems and missed the 2009 South American U-15 Championship because of an injury to his left elbow.
6. Larrauri made one substitute appearance for Peru in the 2011 South American U-17 Championship, coming on for the last twenty minutes of a 4-2 defeat to Bolivia.
7. He spent time on trial at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this year and played for the club’s academy side in the ‘Tourneo Internazionale’ in Bellinzona, Switzerland in April. The club elected not to sign him.
8. Following his spell at Tottenham, Larrauri moved on to Leicester, where he impressed sufficiently to be offered a three-year professional contract with the Championship side.
9. He is a right footed attacking midfielder.
10. He could do this at 13: