Real Madrid could sign Vardy, says Ranieri

Real Madrid could sign Vardy, says Ranieri

The England international has scored in seven consecutive Premier League games, but his manager says it would take a big bid for the Foxes to sell him

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy could join Real Madrid or other another of Europe’s biggest clubs if his valuation is met, manager Claudio Ranieri has admitted.

Vardy has scored 10 goals in as many matches to lead the Premier League goalscoring charts and help the high-flying Foxes sit just three points away from league-leaders Manchester City.

The 28-year-old, who began his career playing non-league football, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid by reports in Spain and Ranieri, who initially dismissed speculation, concedes he could depart.

He told a press conference on Monday: “It is important Jamie enjoys it here but I can also understand if he wants to go to find a great club but it would cost a lot.

“If Real Madrid or some big names want to buy him they have the money to buy him.

“The valuation is made by the owners not me.

“Not many teams can buy him now.

“But nobody asks [for] him, he is very happy here and we don’t want to sell him – it is clear.”

The England international signed a new three-year contract at Leicester last summer yet Ranieri may offer him fresh terms at the end of the current campaign to secure his future with the club.

He said: “He is happy with us, he is happy with his contract and that is important – maybe at the end of the season [we will offer a new contract].”

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