He’s the hottest property in the Premier League at the moment, but things could have been very different for Jamie Vardy.
As pretty much anyone with a passing interest in Premier League football knows by now, the Leicester striker has enjoyed the campaign of life, scoring 22 goals and firing the Foxes towards their first-ever league title.
But it turns out Vardy was extremely close to moving to a club in Germany’s second-flight, and what’s more, it was THEM who turned him down.
The coach and sporting director of RB Leipzig Ralf Rangnick has claimed he passed on the opportunity to sign Vardy two years ago because the striker – then only 27 – was too old to improve.
Rangnick told Sport Bild magazine, via The Evening Standard: “We desperately wanted to sign Joe Gomez, who later chose Liverpool, and we were flying back from London to Leipzig with his agent.
“In the plane, the agent said to me ‘Mr Rangnick, it’s a crying shame that you are so radical about who you sign and only go for players who are under 24 because I’ve got somebody who would be just perfect for you.
“I can guarantee he would become a national team player under you, but he’s already 27.’
“It was Jamie Vardy.”
But Rangnick replied: “No, he’s 27 – we’re not doing it.”
As we know by now, Vardy scored five Premier League goals in his debut campaign last season, before blowing just about every opponent away this season at the grand old age of 29.
Foxes supporters everywhere must be so grateful that Rangnick has such a staunch policy on who he signs.
Indeed, Leicester can win their first-ever English title this weekend if they defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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