Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has signed a new deal with the Premier League leaders, amid speculations that Chelsea and Manchester City were keeping close tabs on him.
The new deal with the Foxes keeps the England forward at the King Power Stadium until 2019. According to reports, the 29-year-old was previously earning £40,000 per week and the new deal will see him earn £70,000 per week.
Speaking to the club’s website, Vardy said: “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, who joined Leicester from then non-league Fleetwood for a bargain £1 million in 2012, has scored 18 goals in the League for the Foxes this season.
On his side, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said: “Jamie is a fighter. He has had an unbelievable journey to get to this point in his career and continues to play every game as if it’s his last. I love his spirit, which is a quality I want in my players above all else.
“He has shown what a fantastic player he is and, more importantly, he is part of a fantastic group. I am very happy that he will stay with us for a long time.”
Vardy’s journey to fame has captured the imagination of many football fans.
The England forward was linked to a number of clubs in the just concluded January transfer window, ranging from Spanish giants Real Madrid to domestic rivals Chelsea, who were reportedly ready to make a bid for the forward in summer.