Premier League: Jamie Vardy vows to stay with champions Leicester City

Vardy claims the turning point in Leicester`s fairytale triumph came when boss Claudio Ranieri gave them a week off after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Tottenham in February.

AFP| Updated: May 10, 2016, 08:55 AM IST
Premier League: Jamie Vardy vows to stay with champions Leicester City

London: Jamie Vardy has given Leicester a huge boost by insisting he will stay with the Premier League champions next season.

Vardy fired Leicester`s miraculous charge to the title with 24 goals and the England striker`s blistering form prompted speculation he could be lured away from the King Power Stadium by one of the league`s superpowers.

But with Leicester looking forward to competing in the Champions League and defending the title, the 29-year-old is adamant he will ignore any big money offers.

"We`ve just won the league and will be playing in the Champions League next year. I am happy here," Vardy said.

Vardy`s remarkable rise this season recently saw him voted Football Writers` Player of the Year, but he knows Leicester owe their success to more than just his predatory instincts.

He claims the turning point in Leicester`s fairytale triumph came when boss Claudio Ranieri gave them a week off after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Tottenham in February.

The Foxes returned refreshed and soon afterwards enjoyed a 3-1 win at Manchester City that provided the belief they could win the league.

"It worked out perfectly. No-one was going to go on a seven-day bender. It was there to relax with family and that`s all we did until we got back to training," Vardy said.

"We`d been knocked out of the FA Cup, the gaffer gave us a week off to completely forget about everything and recharge the batteries.

"We all ventured off, quite a few of us went to Dubai together as a team, and I think that moment, for him to even think about doing that, showed what he`d thought of us as a team and how much work we`d already put in.

"To get those batteries recharged for that week and come back fighting stronger was a massive part.

"It was a great idea. I remember sitting on a sun lounger and in the same hotel, Sunderland were there running up and down the beach doing fitness.

"For me to be relaxing while they`re doing the training was quite nice."