Leicester City, Jamie Vardy agree to new contract

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Jamie Vardy‘s party will go on at Leicester City.

On Thursday the reigning Premier League champions (still sounds weird, doesn’t it?) announced that the 29-year-old striker has agreed to a new four-year contract with the Foxes.

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Leicester say they have “agreed with the representatives of Jamie Vardy to extend the England international’s contract with the Premier League champions for a further four years” while they also stated there will be no further comment on this matter until the conclusion of EURO 2016 where Vardy is playing for England.

In a short statement on their website, Leicester had the following to say:

Both parties hope that this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie’s future and confirm his long term commitment to Leicester City Football Club. Jamie will continue to focus all of his efforts on trying to achieve success with the England team at the European Championships in France. There will be no further comment from either the Club or the player on this matter until the conclusion of the tournament.

Vardy had been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal who had triggered the $30 million release clause in his contract, however the Foxes have now acted to offer Vardy a second new contract in the last six months.

The pacey striker scored 24 goals to lead Leicester’s incredible run to the PL title, as the man who was playing in England’s fifth-tier in 2012 came from absolutely nowhere to become one of the hottest properties in Europe. He has also scored four times in his last five outings for England, including a goal off the bench as the Three Lions beat Wales 2-1 in Group B of EURO 2016.

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His predatory finishing and electric pace has prompted Arsene Wenger and Arsenal to chase him since the end of the PL season but as Wenger feared, Vardy’s ties with Leicester are too strong.

Great news for Leicester fans, as their main man will likely remain at the King Power Stadium for the rest of his career. The futures of N'Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez still remain up in the air with big clubs across the PL and Europe said to be circling but with Vardy staying on, perhaps Leicester’s other stars will decide to stick it out for at least one more season ahead of their first-ever foray into the UEFA Champions League.