Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri says he would 'understand' if Jamie Vardy wanted to leave for a bigger club in January.

That 28-year-old striker has been heavily linked with a high profile move after his stunning start the season, with Liverpool, Tottenham and even Real Madrid reported with an interest.

The England star, who made his international debut in June, is currently the Premier League's top scorer with 10 goals in as many outings for the Foxes.

Ranieri says any club will have to have deep pockets to land the former Halifax and Fleetwood player, but admits the club have no intention to sell.

"It is important he enjoys it here, after that I can understand if he wants to go and find some great club," said the Foxes boss. "But he costs a lot.

"If Real Madrid or some big names want to buy him, they have the money to buy him. But not many teams can buy him now.

But Ranieri is confident of keeping Vardy, adding: "He is very happy here. We do not want to sell him. That is clear."

Source: Daily Express

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