Rangnick: We had the chance to sign Vardy

RB Leipzig had the opportunity to sign Leicester striker Jamie Vardy back in 2012, but opted not to because they felt he was too old.

This was according to Bulls sporting director Ralph Rangnick, and it's something he now regrets after Vardy fired the Foxes to the Premier League title during the 2015/16 season.

The German club has a policy of not signing players who are older than 24, and the England international, who was playing for non-league Fleetwood at the time, was overlooked at the age of 25.

"We were trying to sign Joe Gomez from Charlton and his agent told me it was a shame I wasn't interested in older player, because he had got this player who would be perfect for Leipzig," said Rangnick.

"At some point, every manager in the world has said no to someone who later on turned out to be a top player. This player was Jamie Vardy, and in that transfer window he ended up joining Leicester City.

"We don't bring in players older than 24. We have the youngest team in the Bundesliga. If you weigh up experience against youth – being able to sprint, being willing to invest a lot of energy – we are proving that experience is overrated."

After an impressive debut campaign in the Bundesliga, the newcomers finished second behind champions Bayern Munich. However, their participation in the Champions League is up in the air due to Red Bull Salzburg winning the Austrian league.

UEFA rules state that no company can have a controlling stake in more than one team in the competition.

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