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Leicester boss Rodgers: Vardy a special player and a special person

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers feels there is still plenty more to come from veteran striker Jamie Vardy.

Vardy took his league tally for the club up to 150 goals with a second-half double to help sink relegated Norwich on Wednesday night.

It has been a stop-start campaign for the 35-year-old, who has battled through hamstring and knee injuries.

Yet despite just 17 Premier League starts, Vardy has still chalked up 14 goals across all competitions.

“He is a special player and a special person," the Leicester boss said.

“Having been here three-and-half years, having that chance to work with him close up, seeing that mentality, it is such a shame we have missed him.

“You saw (against Norwich) his movement and speed is still there. When you get to 35 years of age, everyone references your age.

“When he is at that level, he is a threat at the very highest level.

“It is 150 (league) goals now, which is a remarkable achievement by a brilliant player. Hopefully he can stay fit so he can play many more games."

Rodgers added: “To have longevity as a player or manager, you need resilience and that ability to keep going. You need to look after yourself.

“He is obviously blessed genetically, but he keeps himself in the right condition.

“To get to that age and still look as fit as he does, it's a real positive for how he looks after himself.

“Jamie's legs are strong, is running fast and he still has the hunger."

Vardy's current deal runs through until 2023, and Rodgers indicated the club could look to extend his stay again.

“There probably will be some discussions, we are quite relaxed on it," the Leicester boss said. “He is very happy here and we will assess it in the summer."

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