Experienced defender Ritchie de Laet was a Manchester United player when he left the club to join Norwich City ahead of the 2011/12 season. Ritchie de Laet signed for the Canaries on loan from Manchester United on June 17, 2011. The 32-year-old had joined Norwich City on loan for the rest of that season.
Belgian national team defender De Laet was a Norwich City player when he scored his first goal in professional football. His first goal came in the 1-1 draw with Stoke City on August 21, 2011. The player then missed several weeks with a back injury before he made his return in the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. The player and his Norwich City teammates were on the end of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the North London club.
Ritchie de Laet returned to Manchester United earlier than expected after his loan deal was cancelled by the Canaries in January 2012. The Belgian returned to Old Trafford following the development. He went on to join Leicester City from Manchester United in the summer of 2012.
De Laet was joined by Manchester United teammate Matty James at Leicester City on the same day. The ex-Stoke City and Norwich City player signed a five-year deal upon joining the Foxes. He would later play for clubs like Middlesbrough, Melbourne City, Aston Villa and Royal Antwerp.