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In-form Wales star Danny Ward insists he has always wanted to be a No.1 and revealed he will hold crunch talks with Leicester later this summer.

The back-up Foxes keeper has been brilliant at Euro 2020 to help Wales into the last 16 where they face Denmark on Saturday.

He has made 14 saves, including several crucial late stops, as Rob Page's side finished second in Group A.

But Ward, who joined Leicester for £12.5million in July 2018, has never made a single Premier League appearance for his club.

He has played more times for Wales this term than FA Cup winners Leicester where he cannot displace skipper Kasper Schmeichel, who stars for Denmark.

His stunning form has totally vindicated Page's decision to select him ahead of Wayne Hennessey, who has 96 caps.

But Ward admits his international success has now wetted his appetite to feature more domestically.

When quizzed, Wrexham-born Ward, 27, replied: “Of course yeah.

Ward is excelling for Wales in a run of games but has had few chances to shine for Leicester
(Image: Stu Forster)

“But at the minute I am away with Wales and concentrating on the job we have got here.

“When I come back what will be, will be.

“I am sure there will be conversations with the relevant people.

“But at the minute my job is to try and keep the ball out of the back of the net and help Wales get through to the next round.

“I am enjoying myself.

“It is a good feeling, it is something I have waited a long time for.

“It is nice to go out and show people what I can do on the pitch.

“We are playing well and getting some success.

“My mindset has always been about being a No.1.

“If you are sat on the bench you want to be playing.

“You can't doubt yourself.

“I have had a tough few years but it is something I am relishing and enjoying.

“You have to keep believing in your own ability and work hard.”

Ward saved a penalty from Karim Benzema in Wales' friendly against France earlier this month

Ward has made 16 appearances for Wales but languishes a long way behind Wales greats Neville Southall and Hennessey who have 92 and 96 caps respectively.

Yet Ward could eclipse their achievements if he helps Wales go all the way this summer.

He replied: “They are two unbelievable custodians for Wales and it is a lot to live up.

“It is something I embrace. It is inspirational.”

The pressure was on Ward in their final group game when Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales trailed 1-0 to Italy and then had Ethan Ampadu sent off.

It meant a tense battle to hold on to second place on goal difference as Switzerland beat Turkey.

Ward in action for Wales at the Euros where he has got the nod ahead of Wayne Hennessey
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

But Ward held firm and was able to do a memorable Father's Day call to his 20-month old son Albie after the final whistle on the pitch.

Ward, who also phoned his dad Greg, added: “It is tough being away from family but it is certainly a Father's Day I won't forget.

“It is moments like that when you realise why you want to do these things.

“I was proud and I spoke to my father as well and it was a case of: 'I don't want to come home as much as I miss you all'.

“Hopefully we carry on getting results and qualify for the next round.

“We are all extremely proud to wear the Dragon on my chest.

“We have a brilliant team spirit and bond that can't be touched.

“I think to get out of the group is bigger than people maybe realise.

“We have different players from five years ago but we have managed to climb the mountain again.”