EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Vardy reveals his intention to stay at Leicester ‘until the end’ of his career and insists he would even snub Liverpool and Manchester United, after turning down Arsenal following Foxes’ title triumph
- Jamie Vardy has insisted he would snub any interest to stay at Leicester City
- Quizzed over leaving the club, Vardy revealed he would remain ‘until the end’
- Vardy continues to dazzle at the King Power and is already off the mark this year
- He will appear on the latest episode of show ‘A League of Their Own’ this week
Jamie Vardy has revealed his intention to stay at Leicester until the end of his career, and would be willing to snub any interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.
Vardy, now 34, continues to dazzle at the King Power and defy his age, and has already got off the mark this season after scoring against Wolves.
He also appears on the latest episode of ‘A League of Their Own’ and, when quizzed by comedian Jimmy Carr over what move would tempt him, Vardy said he would not leave.
Jamie Vardy has revealed his intention to stay with Leicester City until the end of his career
Vardy (with boss Brendan Rodgers) was adamant a move to a ‘bigger club’ wouldn’t tempt him
‘Let me ask a dumb question,’ Carr said to Vardy. ‘You still play for Leicester, right?’
After striker Vardy said, ‘yeah’, Carr then set about trying to discover which of the so-called ‘Big Six’ clubs would interest him.
Having been ribbed for failing to read the show’s research pack, Carr said: ‘If you got an offer from one of the big boy clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man U, would you go?
Comedian Jimmy Carr (L) asked Vardy about potentially joining Man United or Liverpool
But Vardy’s answer was quick and defiant, leading to a round of applause from the audience
‘Or would you stay there (Leicester) until the end?’
But Vardy, who has rebuffed Arsenal in the past, was defiant. ‘No. I’d stay there until the end,’ he revealed, leading to a round of applause from the studio audience.
Even Carr was left impressed by his fellow guest. ‘You don’t get that anymore, do you?’ he admitted. ‘I would follow the money, I’d be out of there like a shot.’
That then allowed host Romesh Ranganathan to swoop in with a typically cutting remark, and he sarcastically expressed surprise that Carr ‘likes money’.
Vardy got off the mark on the opening day of the new season after scoring against Wolves
‘I think that might be a League of Their Own exclusive,’ Ranganathan jokingly added.
Sportsmail revealed recently how Vardy is continuing to stun his team-mates and the coaching staff at Leicester. In their pre-season running tests, he finished joint-top.
He is also posting record low body-fat percentages of less than eight per cent, and has a cryotherapy chamber installed at home to help with his recovery.
‘You only need to look at his physique, look at his torso, and look at everything about him, he is so fit,’ boss Brendan Rodgers has said.
Rodgers says Vardy is in a ‘great place’ physically and also remains a ‘joy’ to have in his team
‘He is physically in a great place. Every time Jamie plays, you want him to be electric, you want him to be dynamic. You want him to be making runs.
‘You know when he can do that he is such a threat. He’s a nightmare for defenders. So, that is going to be managing that over the course of the season.
‘You saw last weekend, he was so good. I just love watching him when he’s like that. He’s a joy to have in the team. He’s got that devilment that I love.
Vardy has two years left on his contract at Leicester and will be targeting 150 top-flight goals
‘He continues to defy everyone who thinks he is slowing down.’
Vardy has two more years left on his contract at the club and, providing he remains fit, will be able to target scoring 150 top-flight goals.
‘At some point, which happens to all players, they will slow down and take a dip,’ Rodgers added. ‘But he’s not at this point yet.’
A League of Their Own airs at 9pm on Thursdays on Sky One and NOW.
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