Leicester fans in the Transfer Tavern were over the moon yesterday with their latest victory, taking the scalp of defending Premier League champions Chelsea, and many pints were spilled as celebrations continued long into the night.
Nursing a delicate hangover today, the Leicester fans are thrilled with Claudio Ranieri’s latest comments, as he insists that no team can afford to buy either of his star players in January.
Vardy and Mahrez both scored to claim victory over Chelsea, with Mahrez even assisting Vardy’s goal, in a result that lifted their side back to the top of the Premier League table – two points above Arsenal.
The pair have 26 goals Premier League between them so far this season, making them statistically one of Europe’s deadliest strike forces at present.
So it is not a surprise that both attacking players have attracted attentions of several of the elite English clubs, with scouts from both Manchester clubs, as well as Chelsea and Liverpool, understood to have been sent to the King Power Stadium this season.
“Nobody can buy them. They don’t have the money to buy them. I don’t want to put a price on them. For me they don’t have a price,”
Despite the goalscoring heroics of the pair, Ranieri also praised the overall attitude and performance of his whole squad.
“The performance of Riyad and Jamie is fantastic, but they are only the pinnacle of the iceberg because behind them there is a big spirit and a big team. They work and help each other to do their best, then we know Riyad and Jamie are our credit card.”
Looking to the future and predicting where Leicester could end up come May, Ranieri admitted that it will be a difficult second half of the season if his side wish to maintain their incredible form.
“For our fans we are top of the league but for my players we need another five points. Don’t laugh. I don’t know when we can achieve these five points.”
“Now we have Everton and Liverpool away and Manchester City and Bournemouth, who are a fantastic team, at home. These are very tough matches. Let me achieve 40 points and then I will think about the next goal.”
The fans at the bar are enjoying the season so far and are making sure they don’t get too carried away, as they know it’s unlikely they will be able to challenge this competitively in the long-term.
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