Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy insists he’s happy at the club, despite recent transfer speculation around him.
The 29-year-old was an integral part of the Foxes’ Premier League title-winnings squad, scoring 24 goals in the season.
Vardy is just one of the players expected to attract a lot of interest in the off-season, but manager Claudio Ranieri has called on his star players to “stay for another year”.
While the future of some players remain uncertain, Vardy, at least, appears happy to stay on at the King Power Stadium.
“I have just won the League and will be playing in the Champions League next year,” he said at the launch of his V9 Academy on Monday.
“I am happy here. It has been said before and I will say it again, we are literally all like brothers. We are not just once you leave the training ground that’s it, you’re not going to see them until the next day.
“We are constantly talking to each other, going out for meals. I think in our dressing room, that is the main thing that has got us where we are.
“There are going to be names thrown into the hat all summer, but with the group of lads that we have got, and obviously winning the league, and with Champions League football next year, you would hope that would keep us all together.”
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Despite having already sewn up the title, Vardy said the players remain as hungry as ever. A late goal conceded in their 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday was a cause for frustration.
“Everyone was disappointed,” he said. “It was another clean sheet we could have had. The hunger will still be there (next season) and we want to keep that mentality of winning.
“We have been back on the training ground this week and hopefully we can put in a performance on Sunday (at Chelsea) that gets us another win.”
Looking ahead to the Champions League, Vardy believes Leicester have what it takes to compete at the highest level.
Their counter-attacking style of football has done wonders in the league, and Vardy expects it to work in Europe as well.
“We have got ourselves into this situation playing that way, why change it?” he said. “It has worked for us, hopefully it will work for us again.
“Leicester has been on everyone’s radar all season and so a lot of European teams have probably been watching us. They will need to do their homework and we will do our homework on them.”