Liverpool & Man United told to forget about Europe’s third deadliest striker

Leicester manager Claudio Ramieri is confident that Jamie Vardy will still be a Foxes player when the January transfer deadline has passed.

The 28-year-old’s form has been the story of the Premier League season, with his goal against Newcastle last weekend his 10th in 10 games, which equaled the goalscoring record held by Manchester United hero Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Further to this Vardy trails only Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the scoring charts across Europe’s top five leagues with his 13 efforts, hammering home his fantastic showings.

Naturally, there have been links between the former non-league marksman and top sides, with United and Liverpool thought to be interested, among others.

However, Ranieri is sure that his razor-sharp forward is happy at the King Power Stadium and that he’s eager to stay put:

“I think we are building a very good construction,” he is quoted by talkSPORT.

“I understand if somebody wants to go. But I believe in the next year, Leicester will slowly go up and can battle with the top.

“Now at this moment we are very happy and Jamie is very happy with us. He can continue to show his strength with us.”

Just over five years ago Vardy was playing for minnows Stocksbridge Park Steels.

He then went on to represent Halifax Town and Fleetwood and is now a four-cap England international.