Thursday 22 August 2019

Claudio Ranieri tells in-form Jamie Vardy to stick with Leicester

Jamie Vardy has scored in nine straight Barclays Premier League games for the Foxes
Jamie Vardy has scored in nine straight Barclays Premier League games for the Foxes

Boss Claudio Ranieri has told Jamie Vardy to stick with Leicester to boost his Euro 2016 hopes.

The Barclays Premier League 12-goal top scorer has become hot property after his remarkable scoring streak.

Vardy has netted in nine straight games and will equal Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record of scoring in 10 consecutive games if he notches at Newcastle on Saturday.

He has forced his way into the England team but missed the games against Spain and France this month with a hip injury, making him a doubt for the trip to the Magpies.

The 28-year-old has earned four caps since his debut in the summer and Ranieri insisted the King Power Stadium is the best place for the striker to achieve his European Championship dream.

He said: "Of course, he's intelligent, he knows very well that now, at Leicester, there's a very good group, A positive group who play together.

"That's good for him and the other players to show they have quality in this team.

"Maybe next season they could choose the best solution - but then you have to see also where Leicester is at the end of the season."

Vardy will be assessed by the Foxes ahead of Saturday's game and Ranieri admitted he was disappointed to miss out on England duty last week.

"Yes, it was hard for him not to play, he wants to play in every game," he said. "There was no persuasion. It was the England doctor who made the decision, there was no hassle."

And Ranieri reiterated there is no new contract on the table for the forward, despite his form, after he signed a new four-year deal last summer.

"Not at the moment, we work around the speculation. Jamie and his agent say he is very happy here," he said.

"We want to grow up together, and I hope we can continue all together."

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