Jamie Vardy 'happy' at Leicester but urges team-mates to stay with Foxes

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Jamie Vardy says Leicester would have accepted the season they have had before it began and hopes the squad can remain together this summer.

Jamie Vardy insists he is happy at Leicester but has warned the club's targets next season rest on their ability to retain their other star players.

Last season's surprise Premier League champions endured an awful start to their title defence but a revival under Craig Shakespeare - which also saw them reach Champions League quarter-finals - has seen the Foxes end a testing campaign strongly.

Chief to Leicester's recovery has been the form of those who delivered last term's title triumph, most notably Kasper Schmeichel, Riyad Mahrez and Vardy.

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As a result, with the summer transfer window on the horizon, speculation surrounding the futures of trio has been rife.

However, having rejected a move to Arsenal last summer, Vardy unequivocally outlined his desire to remain at the King Power Stadium again.

Asked if he was happy he stayed at Leicester, Vardy, reflecting on the season and looking ahead to next, exclusively told Sky Sports: "Yes. Obviously, you get frustrated when results haven't been going your way but we turned that all around.

"As a team, and individually, we play better when we're all enjoying things and that gets the best out of each and every one of us.

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"I don't know what will be set as a target next season, no one knows that. Obviously, we won the league but we set ourselves realistic targets.

"If you'd have asked anyone whether they'd have taken finishing mid-table and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals they would have snapped your hands off.

"Our targets depend on out-goings and in-comings this summer and once that's sorted I'm sure targets with be set and then it's down to the players on the pitch to get the points."

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Asked if Leicester would follow suit from last summer and keep the majority of their squad intact, the England international added: "Who knows?

"It's football, anything can happen. Obviously, it's down to the club and the individuals themselves if offers are made for them or if they want to go.

"But if you look around the lads the vast majority of them definitely still want to be here and progress how we want to."

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Vardy's revival in the second half of the season - which has yielded nine goals in 16 games for club and country - has coincided with Shakespeare's appointment as interim Foxes boss.

With the recently dethroned champions yet to announce their next permanent manager, Vardy believes Shakespeare has staked a substantial claim to the role on a full-time basis.

"He's definitely put his name up there with the results we've had and how we've moved away from the relegation zone," Vardy said.

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Jamie Vardy insists Craig Shakespeare is the majority of Leicester players' first choice for the manager's job.

"But that decision is for the hierarchy to sort out so we will obviously see come the summer."

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