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Christian Fuchs dreams of becoming an NFL kicker when he retires from football

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Christian Fuchs dreams of becoming an NFL kicker when he retires from football
Christian Fuchs has been part of Leicester City's rise in Premier League 
29-year-old has reputation for joking but reveals real plans for after football
The left back wants to move to America and become an NFL kicker
Leicester's players were given jerseys by the Carolina Panthers in January 
Fuchs' wife and two kids live in New York and he says he misses them 

Leicester City's Christian Fuchs has revealed that he wants to become an NFL kicker when his life as a footballer is over.

The defender has ambitions of Leicester winning the Premier League this season but admits he has already made plans once he calls time on his footballing career.

The 29-years-old, who is still quite a distance off retirement, said he has always had a dream of one becoming an American football star.


Christian Fuchs dreams of becoming an NFL kicker when he retires from football

Christian Fuchs dreams of becoming an NFL kicker when he retires from football

FUCHS FACTFILE 

Age: 29. Born: Neunkirchen.

Nationality: Austrian.

Height: 6ft 1in. Weight: 12st 8lb.

CLUB CAREER

Club: Leicester. Appearances: 28.

Previous clubs: Wiener Neustadt, SV Mattersburg, VfL Bochum, FSV Mainz (loan), Schalke.

Honours: 2011 German Super Cup (Schalke).

INTERNATIONAL CAREER

Caps: 72. Goals: 1.

Debut: v Croatia, 2006.

'I have ambitions to become an NFL kicker,' he told Sky Sports. 'Seriously.'

Fuchs has at least had experience of throwing an NFL ball before. In January, Leicester's players took part in an American football training session after receiving Carolina Panthers jerseys.

Asked how realistic he thought his plans were, he replied: 'Depending on the managers in the NFL. If they want a footballer in their team but I am very much up for it. 

'I know I can kick 60 yards or so or 65 yards field goal. Let's see. Dreams can come true you know if you don't dream you won't reach anything.' 

One thing that the Austrian-born player will do once he retires is to leave England and move to America to be with his family in New York.

He visits his wife and two children a few times a year and admits he has struggled with them not being with him on a permanent basis. 

He said: 'I have a family in New York. I have a wife and two kids. It's not as easy having a family that is here all of the time because I am person who needs the family around and I am a family guy. It's pretty tough.'

Christian Fuchs dreams of becoming an NFL kicker when he retires from football

While it might be difficult, he does smile when he thinks of his son wearing a Leicester jersey at school while the other children look on in bemusement. 

'My son is singing all of the time "Leicester City we're top of the league". He's very much into it and he's wearing his Leicester City jersey in the school and everyone's asking him "why Leicester City? Why Leicester City?" because there are a lot of Premier League fans over there you know from all the other clubs. 

'I'm already thinking about what's after my career. I will be in America and I will move to be with my family. I simply want to do something. I can't just be laying on the couch because that's so not me.'

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03 April 2016, 19:08