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Jamie Vardy

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Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy's decision to remain at Leicester has cemented his legacy at the club, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The striker turned down the chance to join Arsenal in the summer of 2016 just weeks after spearheading the Foxes Premier League title success.

On Saturday, he scored his 100th Premier League goal - and also his 101st as Leicester comfortably overcame Crystal Palace 3-0 at the King Power Stadium - 206 games after becoming the first £1million signing from a non-league club when he joined the club in 2012.

Of the 29 players to become Premier League centurions, only Ian Wright (28 years 286 days) made his debut in the competition at an older age than Vardy (27 years 232 days).

The striker staying put illustrates that the grass is not always greener and the so-called big move is not always the necessary route to success.

Rodgers said: "I think as things stand he's a legend here now for the rest of his time at the club, it's just what he adds to that status over the rest of his career.

"It's hard to knock players if they do want to move on because their careers are so short but he's obviously felt really comfortable.

"He's found a real home here, he is adored by the supporters and they absolutely love him and he has gone on and hit this milestone and I'm sure he'll continue to create an incredible legacy here. I'm lucky to have him.

"It's all individual choice, players will move on and clubs will lose players but his is an example that if you decide to stay you can continue to develop."

Belfast Telegraph