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Leicester boss Rodgers says Vardy still has plenty of years left

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says Jamie Vardy has plenty of years left.

Vardy's contract runs out next summer, when he will be 36, but everything is geared up for him to go on longer, from the cryotherapy chamber fitted at his home, his international retirement, and his record-breaking on the pitch. His goal at Burnley means he is now the Premier League's all-time top marksman for goals scored aged 30 or older.

Rodgers said: “If you look at him now, at 35, and he's got another year after this, he looks fresh.

“It's clearly always going to be a management exercise with Jamie. But you look at him now and you see he still has the pace, and the ability to score goals. But not only that, it's the devilment he brings to the game. He's cute, and he's a great role model for our strikers and some of our younger players, how he is in the game in order to win.

“Hopefully he can still be going strong. At the minute he's looking brilliant.

“He can play three games a week but maybe not to the intensity that the team needs. But there's no doubt he's a player who can have an impact.

“He looks after his body, he's such a top professional. The machinery that he has at his house to keep playing and keep working, he's into the cutting-edge equipment that is going to help him recover and maximise his career, and if you look at his body type, he is blessed with his frame. You still have to look after yourself and he does that immaculately.

“He's a in great shape, so hopefully he can keep going because to have him around and available, whether he plays or comes off the bench, he's a huge plus for us."

Rodgers is keen for him to keep playing because of the “devilment" he provides on the pitch, scaring opposition defenders and fans.

“I felt the same with (Luis) Suarez," Rodgers added. “The opposition supporters know what's coming. You see the reaction of the Leicester supporters when he comes into the game. Just what he gives. Centre-halves take a backwards step.

“He's been such a top player and one of the great strikers of the Premier League and thankfully he is showing he can still do that.

“We don't have a lot of players like him in our squad, with that devilment and cuteness that you need, but he definitely has it."

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