Leicester release Iheanacho as 37-year-old Vardy gets two-year contract extension

Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy for Leicester City | Imago

Leicester release Iheanacho as 37-year-old Vardy gets two-year contract extension

Ayoola Kelechi 23:42 - 07.06.2024

Iheancho will have to find a new club while Jamie Vardy joins Leicester City in the Premier League

Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho has officially been released by Premier League returnees Leicester City after failing to agree terms on a new contract with the club, leaving the Nigerian forward clubless going into the summer transfer window.

Iheanacho leaves Leicester after seven years

After seven long years, which have seen Iheanacho and Leicester City experience FA Cup and Community Shield wins before suffering relegation to the EFL Championship and fighting to gain promotion back to the Premiership, the Foxes and the Nigerian star have decided to part ways.

Iheanacho was released by Leicester City at the conclusion of the 2023/24 season where he helped the Foxes regain Premier League status with five goals and one assist in 23 EFL Championship matches.

Vardy wins new Leicester City deal

In contrast to Iheanacho, Foxes legend Jamie Vardy has been rewarded for another important season with a two-year contract that will see him play in the Premier League with Leicester City again and potentially remain with the Birmingham side until he is 39-years-old.

Jamie Vardy celebrates Leciester goal || Imago
Jamie Vardy celebrates Leciester goal || Imago

Despite his advanced age, Vardy was still important for Leicester City in their promotion battle, scoring 18 times in 35 Championship games to help the Foxes back into the Premier League.

Vardy is a veritable Leicester City legend after helping them clinch an unprecedented Premier League title in 2016 and scoring 190 goals in 464 appearances for the Foxes in all competitions.

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