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Published: 10:25 | 3/2/16

Vardy keen on new Leicester deal

Jamie Vardy says he wants to stay at Leicester City for “a long time” following his brace in the Foxes' 2-0 Premier League victory over Liverpool on Tuesday.

Leicester are keen to sign up the England striker, who has scored 18 goals this season, on a new deal until 2019, and the 29-year-old says he intends to put pen to paper on the new contract..

Vardy netted twice at the King Power Stadium, in front of watching national team manager Roy Hodgson, to keep Claudio Ranieri's side three points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

He told Sky Sports: "It's nothing people don't know, I'd like to be here for a long time.

Vardy seems to be back on top form following groin surgery, opening the scoring against Jurgen Klopp's side with a 30-yard screamer he rates as one of the best of his career.

"I don't [think I've scored better]. I had been looking all game and he [Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet] was quite far off his line,” he continued.

“As soon as Riyad [Mahrez] had played it through it's bounced quite high and I've got no support so I just took my chance and luckily it's gone over the top of him."

Liverpool manager Klopp, who admits his labouring side “didn't find the right decision often enough”, paid tribute to Vardy for his stunning opening goal.

"It's nice to be in a stadium when Jamie Vardy makes the goal of the month but, in an ideal world, not when you're the manager of the other team. It made the difference," the German said.

Foxes' boss Ranieri admits that Leicester's title credentials will be tested over the next two weeks, with visits to the Etihad to face second-placed Manchester City at the weekend, followed by a Valentine's Day date with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

"On Saturday we have to run, run and run a lot," he said.

"It's important to see my players fight and try to win. We know sooner or later we'll lose a match but it's important how we lose. If there is a great goal, well done, but we have to fight. If Manchester City fight more than us, well done to them."

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