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Rodgers: “I wouldn’t swap Jamie Vardy for Harry Kane”

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t trade his star striker Jamie Vardy for even Harry Kane ahead of their clash with Tottenham.

At 32, Vardy continues to get on the scoresheet for Rodgers at Leicester and is level with Kane on three goals in the Premier League.

The former England international has especially impressed since Rodgers’ arrival to the King Power Stadium in February. So far, he’s bagged an impressive 12 goals in 16 games under the ex-Liverpool and Celtic boss.

Kane, meanwhile, also had a brief spell at Leicester in 2013 before becoming one of the world’s most renown strikers.

The Spurs star has since won two Premier League Golden Boot awards, and finished as the World Cup’s highest scorer last year.

“Harry is very different to Jamie,” Rodgers told reporters during a press conference on Friday.

“I go back to a game about five years ago when I was the Liverpool manager and Harry was on the bench for Tottenham then so the strides he has made over those years has been brilliant.

“The goals he has scored – he’s become a real talisman for Tottenham and for his country.”

However, even the prospect of landing Kane wouldn’t be enough to tempt Rodgers to give up Vardy.

“Harry is a top, top player but I wouldn’t swap Jamie,” continued the Leicester coach.

“I have worked closely with Jamie for some time now and there’s not many in world football you would swap him for.

“He’s just got this incredible knack in terms of pressing the game and reading the game, and tactically he is so good. He has that hunger and that appetite, desire and speed to get in behind and stretch the game and score. I like that kind of striker.

“At this level, in the most competitive league in the world, he is right up there with the elite strikers in the world and I am very fortunate to have him.”

Rodgers added: “Harry likes to drop deep and get involved in the build-up play and linking things.

“I like a striker who can really penetrate in behind and who has that speed. It’s your preference, and also what you have to work with.”

The Leicester and Spurs match begins at 13:30 (CET) this afternoon.

Brendan Rodgers, Jamie Vardy, Leicester City
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City congratulates Jamie Vardy of Leicester City following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Fulham FC at The King Power Stadium on March 09, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)