Leicester City may not be able to qualify for Europe next season but Claude Puel has done a decent job at King Power and will want to gather a squad that can compete with the best next season. The club have already been linked with some exciting stars recently but Puel also has to keep an eye on the club’s better players who might attract attention from elsewhere.
One such player, who is set to be offered a contract extension is striker Jamie Vardy.
Vardy Offered Bumper Pay Rise
Currently on a £100,000-a-week contract, the English international has continued his goal scoring form in the top flight this season as well and is attracting attention from top clubs in England. He is a utility man and will improve most squads in England but Puel is determined to keep hold of him beyond the summer.
And reports now claim that The Foxes are set to offer Vardy a contract extension, which will see him earn £140,000-a-week from the next season. Puel will hope this will be enough for Vardy to pledge his future at the club but was it the right move by Leicester City?
Vardy And His Record
Vardy has turned into one of the most consistent goal scorers in the top flight in the last few years. His 24-goal season helped the Foxes to the league title back in 2016 and though he managed just 13 goals last season, has now scored 10 in the last 13 games and is looking bang in form.
He will play a role for England in Russia later this year and even at 31, is showing that he has a couple of years left at the highest level.
An energetic presence in the final third, with a never-give-up attitude, Vardy is a genuine goalscorer and deserves to play at the highest level. He can act as a backup striker to top teams in the country and Puel will have a serious fight in his hands this summer, to keep hold of his possession.
Will The New Deal Keep Him At King Power?
Widely linked with a move to Manchester United and Everton in the past, Vardy is also on the radar of clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea, who will be in the market for backup strikers this summer. Everton are probably the only club Vardy can walk into the first team but at the moment, a move to Goodison Park is not too much of an upgrade.
Even at 31, he will want to play every game and compete at the highest level which will rule out most top clubs in the country. He is better off fighting for fame at King Power than shift to a new place and losing a few months in settling down.
Everton can offer a financial incentive but he is already offered £140,000-a-week, which will be hard to beat. So staying put is best for Vardy this summer.