Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson believes Jamie Vardy will still be wearing the blue shirt of the Foxes after January, despite speculation linking him away from the King Power Stadium.
No one could have expected the rise in aspiration from the underdogs this campaign which has seen star man Vardy excel under the spotlight, attracting interest from some big clubs. After netting 15 goals this season, the English international currently tops the goal-scoring charts alongside Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
The 28-year-old has been the subject of transfer speculation following his exploits in front of goal this season. However, Pearson believes Leicester’s driving force will stay at the club after the window, he told the BBC: “I think Vardy will stay there because he's a fantastic lad as well as a player, and they're such a strong group.”
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Sitting second in the standings, two points adrift of Arsenal, the Foxes will be reluctant to let their main-man leave the club in their ambitious attempts to play Champions League football next season. However, Chelsea are keen on snapping up a striker before the window shuts and it is believed the in-demand forward tops their radar.
Chelsea are without Radamel Falcao following his latest injury setback and Loic Remy has been linked with a move away. Star striker Diego Costa has been hit-and-miss this campaign and a replacement for the 27-year-old is beckoning, with Vardy the likely target.
Moreover, Pearson believes that his former club can hold on to a Champions League place. He said, “The first half of the season shows they are capable.”
He added: “I don't see any reason why they can't [stay in the top four]. I think we've seen enough results this year to suggest the sides who have been promoted are doing well and the big guns are not having it their own way.”