28-year-old Foxes star Vardy enjoyed a solid debut Premier League season last term and has gone from strength to strength in 2015/16, his tally of seven goals in eight appearances making him the division’s top scorer, and this has in turn led to a call-up to the England national team set-up.
Italian boss Ranieri admits he’d be loathed to lose Vardy, who moved to Leicester City from Fleetwood Town back in the summer of 2012, and would hope the high-flying side earned a big fee from any potential sale.
“We want to keep him. We want to keep hold of all our best players. But if there are some teams who want to spend money, OK.
“We’ll re-start and we’ll see another good player. At this moment we’ll enjoy it with Jamie. If I am the owner, I would say “a lot, a lot a lot! Do you want Jamie? Give me a lot of money!
“Not only for Jamie but all of the players, it’s important to do what they feel – what their heart, soul and brain says.
“I could say ‘you stay here’ or ‘you go’, but no. I want only happy players, that is my philosophy. I don’t want to keep somebody who doesn’t want to stay. Right now Jamie is so happy.” Ranieri added.
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