Will Money Lure Jamie Vardy Away From Leicester City?

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Jamie Vardy at The King Power Stadium, Leicester, November 28, 2015. Vardy is believed to be seeking an improved contract from Leicester City. Laurence Griffiths/Getty

Jamie Vardy, the Leicester City striker, was rewarded for his record-breaking goalscoring form in February with an improved contract worth £70,000-per-week. But, now, he wants more.

According to The Times, Vardy is seeking another new deal from the club after his 24 goals in the Premier League—second only to Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane—helped lead Leicester to the title.

The England striker's monumental advance from playing for non-league Fleetwood Town just four years ago to player of the year has seen Vardy's stock rise dramatically.

Chelsea was reported to be interested in signing him in January, with West Ham United also believed to be set to bid for the 29-year-old this summer.

Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester manager, has been joined by the club owners in insisting that he doesn't want to see the star players, such as Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante, depart.

But money may be an issue for all three, as Mahrez and Kante earn less than £40,000-a-week and will likely receive bids from clubs around Europe.

Despite the windfall of approximately £92 million that Leicester will now receive for winning the Premier League, the club may not be able to contend with lucrative offers from the likes of Chelsea.

It may prove costly to ensure Vardy remains in the Leicester party.