Ranieri dismisses Vardy to Real Madrid reports

The England international striker has been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu but the former Chelsea boss insists none of his players will leave in January


Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has dismissed reports linking Jamie Vardy with Real Madrid , though admitted he expects bigger clubs to be interested in the England international.

Vardy has been the Foxes’ standout performer in the Premier League this term, scoring 10 goals in as many games – including a current run of netting in seven consecutive matches – to help Ranieri’s side to fifth in the table.

That form has seen Vardy linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu, but Ranieri refuted the claims and stated the 28-year-old should continue his development at the King Power Stadium.

“No, he will stay with us. Nobody goes in January. Not Riyad [Mahrez], not him, not [Jeffrey] Schlupp, nobody,” he told reporters.

“We don’t sell him, he’s very happy here and it’s too early to speak about it.

“I hope he can continue to grow again. If he can continue this way it would be fantastic.

“We are waiting for the bigger clubs, but this is only speculation.”

Ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Hull City in the League Cup, Ranieri also confirmed he will continue to rotate his squad, with Vardy set to be rested at the KC Stadium.

“Jamie Vardy will come with us but he won’t play,” the Italian added.

“I have a very good group and they deserve to play. I change everybody more or less.

“I would like to go through, I know very well Hull City is a difficult match. Second in the [Championship], in 2014 they arrived in the FA Cup final.

“It will be a good match and we want to win but against [us] will be a very good>

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