Gary Lineker responds when asked whether Jamie Vardy should leave Leicester City

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker wouldn't begrudge Jamie Vardy a move away from Leicester City.

Leicester City legend Gary Lineker has told BBC Radio Leicester that if a big move comes up, Jamie Vardy should consider a departure from the King Power Stadium.

Vardy, 28, is the greatest story of the Premier League season so far, having risen up from non-league football with Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town, to becoming arguably the most feared striker in the top flight.

Vardy has already hammered 13 goals in 13 Premier League games this term, and his strike against Newcastle United on Saturday means he has now tied Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record of scoring in ten consecutive games.

The forward now has the chance to break the record against Van Nistelrooy's former club Manchester United this coming weekend, with Vardy's career really taking off just why of his 29th birthday.

He may be a late bloomer, but Vardy has starred in the Premier League this term, tormenting defences with his combination of pace and relentless hard work - and it's only natural that other teams begin to consider making moves to sign him in the near future.

Recent reports from ESPN suggested that Liverpool and Tottenham are monitoring Vardy, and another former Leicester goalscoring hero has had his say on Vardy's future.

Gary Lineker, who was born and bred in Leicester and supports the Foxes, hit 95 goals in 194 league games for Leicester, before moving on to Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham and Nagoya Grampus Eight.

The Match of the Day host knows that it's like to leave Leicester at the peak of his powers, and has been asked by BBC Radio Leicester whether Vardy should leave the King Power Stadium for a bigger club - and his response was that at nearly 29, Vardy should certainly consider a departure.

"If he continues that form he’ll attract the big clubs and who’d deny someone, realistically, a move to one of the big boys?" said Lineker. "I did myself. He’s 28. Who wouldn’t want a big move at that stage of your career? Not just a pay day but a chance to win trophies...unless Leicester go on to win the league!”

"I would hope they don’t do a deal in mid-season because that’s pretty disruptive for everyone. Most good deals are done in the summer and I’d think the way he is going and the fact the Euros are coming, perhaps waiting a few months wouldn’t do any harm. It would be remiss of me to say he should stay until the end of his career," he added.

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