Jamie Vardy, Leicester Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring against Manchester United, his eleventh consecutive goal in the Premier League, during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Manchester United at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Vardy becomes the first man to score in 11 consecutive English Premier League soccer matches after finding the back of the net against Manchester United today.(AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Jamie Vardy has signed a new contract with Leicester City, which will keep him at the club until 2019.

The Foxes announced the England international had put pen to paper on Saturday. Vardy expressed his excitement at the new deal in the announcement:

"I’m absolutely delighted to be fighting to achieve something special with this Club, as part of this squad. I've never known a spirit like it - from the owners, to the manager and his staff, the players and the fans. I want to be part of it for a long time.

"Leicester City have shown nothing but total faith in me since the day I arrived here three and a half years ago and it's impossible to measure how much that belief has helped me to improve. I’ll forever be grateful for the investment the Club has made in me and I’ll spend every day working to repay it."

Signed for just £1 million from then-non-league outfit Fleetwood Town in 2012, Vardy helped fire Leicester into the Premier League during his second season with the club and helped them perform a remarkable escape from relegation the following year.

The Englishman continued his form from the back end of last season unabated and embarked on an incredible goalscoring run that saw him break Ruud van Nistelrooy's record by scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games.

His magnificent calendar year also saw him break into the Three Lions' set up and he has now made four appearances for Roy Hodgson's side. Though he is yet to score for England, he provided an impressive assist for Raheem Sterling to score in their 2-0 win over Estonia.

Along with partner in crime Riyad Mahrez, the striker has terrorised domestic defences for much of the current campaign.

Vardy's electric pace, tireless work rate and constant harassment of defenders makes him particularly difficult to deal with, while as his impressive goal tally for the season demonstrates, his finishing is clinical.

After such an outstanding showing this season, Leicester will be hoping his new deal can ward off interest from bigger clubs in the summer.

At the very least, if any clubs come knocking the Foxes will be in a far better position to negotiate, so tying Vardy down will likely prove to be an excellent bit of business.