Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have received a blow in their race to sign Leicester City star Jamie Vardy in the January transfer window, according to reports from the Mirror.
Vardy has been heavily linked with a move away from the KingPower Stadium after his scintillating displays this season, in which the 28-year-old has scored in nine games in succession to lead the Premier League goalscoring charts with 12 strikes.
His performances have therefore seen him called up to the England national squad ahead Euro 2016, but Vardy missed their last two friendlies with Spain and France with a hip injury.
And to ensure he boards the plane to France next summer, Leicester boss Claudio Raneiri has claimed that Vardy is an essential part of the team and will likely reject all offers from the top clubs this January.
Ranieri said: “He is intelligent, he knows very well now in Leicester there is a very good group who play together.
“It is good for him and the other players to show their quality in this team.
“Then maybe next season they could choose the best solution for them.
“But it is important to see also where at the end of the season Leicester is.
“Jamie and his agent said he is very happy here, we want to grow up together – I hope we can continue altogether.”
Vardy is hoping to equal Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive league games when the Foxes face Newcastle United at St. James’ Park this weekend.