Jamie Vardy has signed a new contract with Leicester City that will keep him at the club until 2019.
The Foxes move five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after winning 3-1 against Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday. And after the match, Leicester announced the England international had put pen to paper, via their official website.
Vardy has expressed his delight after signing the new three-year-contract:
“I’m absolutely delighted to be fighting to achieve something special with this Club, as part of this squad. I’ve never known a spirit like it – from the owners, to the manager and his staff, the players and the fans. I want to be part of it for a long time.
“Leicester City have shown nothing but total faith in me since the day I arrived here three and a half years ago and it’s impossible to measure how much that belief has helped me to improve. I’ll forever be grateful for the investment the Club has made in me and I’ll spend every day working to repay it.”
Vardy joined Leicester City for only £1m from then-non-league outfit Fleetwood Town in 2012. He helped Leicester securing promotion in the Premier League in his second season at the club, and played a major role for the Foxes last season, as the club narrowly escaped from relegation.
This season it has been a different story for both Vardy and Leicester. Vardy, along with his partner in crime Riyad Mahrez, have terrorised opposition defences, and have put Leicester in such a position in the league, where one can say it is their title to lose now.
Vardy has scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season and has created a new record earlier in the campaign by scoring in 11 consecutive games.
The 29-year-old striker has caught the attention of heavyweight Premier League clubs, with Chelsea thought to be reportedly interested in signing him in the January transfer window.
According to widespread reports, the Blues were willing to sign the £30m rated England international, but were warned that the striker won’t be sold.
It remains to be seen how long Leicester can hold on to him, as contracts hardly mean anything in modern football and it is seen mainly as a ploy to get maximum profit out of any transfer.