Leicester City and Jamie Vardy set for talks over new contract


Leicester City are expected to hold talks with Jamie Vardy over a new contract if and when promotion to the Premier League is confirmed.

Vardy and the club are focused on making sure Enzo Maresca’s men get the final victory in the last two games that will ensure a return to the top flight, but there is intent on both sides to discuss an extension of his contract, which is set to expire this summer.

The 37-year-old, who has scored 18 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions this season and scored in back-to-back home games against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton in the past week to edge Leicester closer to promotion, has no intention of retiring this summer and wants to extend his career, preferably at Leicester where he has scored 188 goals over 12 seasons.

Plans for next season have been complicated by a registration embargo placed on the club by the EFL for a projected breach of profit and sustainability rules, which has made re-signing players coming to the end of their contracts difficult.

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Vardy has scored 18 goals this season (Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Leicester are expected to face sanctions in the Premier League should they be promoted after being charged with a breach for the 2022-23 season, but are not currently under threat of an embargo.

Jannik Vestergaard, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Marc Albrighton and Dennis Praet are also out of contract this summer.

Maresca, who has a strong relationship with Vardy and made him captain at the start of the season, has been working on adapting his game to his side’s style of play this season, and Vardy has responded with a goal every 98 minutes, despite starting just 18 games during the campaign.

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Leicester City are showing tenacity, nerve and class – promotion is within sight

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