Brendan Rodgers is targeting trophies and breaking records after signing an £8 million-a-year contract with Leicester City. As revealed by Telegraph Sport on Friday, Leicester moved to tie down their highly-regarded manager by offering a lucrative extension until the summer of 2025 as a reward for nine months of progress.
The 46-year-old was appointed in February and has overseen a remarkable resurgence at the King Power Stadium, guiding Leicester to second in the Premier League. Their league win over Watford on Wednesday night was their seventh in a row.
Arsenal are understood to have considered Rodgers as one of their potential targets to replace Unai Emery, who was sacked last week, but Leicester are now focusing on a future with the Northern Irishman at the helm.
Leicester had always intended to reward Rodgers for the impressive start to his tenure and contract negotiations had started last week.
Rodgers initially agreed a 3½-year deal worth around £5 million a year when he moved from Celtic, with a £14 million release clause. He has now landed a significant pay rise, and the contract is likely to include an even bigger compensation fee due if he was to leave.
He said: “We really want to establish ourselves near the top of the table in the next few years, and there is so much room and scope to develop here.
“I hope in my time here that we can continue to break records and win trophies, and stay competing and fighting which is important. “I want this team remembered in 30 years’ time for the level of football and how competitive they are. That would be the ultimate for me.
“I’m committing my work and life here to give it everything. I’ve got a real motivation.”
Leicester will seek an eighth league win in a row at Aston Villa on Sunday and James Maddison is backing “world-class” striker Jamie Vardy to break his own goalscoring record.
Vardy has scored for seven games in a row and is closing in on the milestone he set in 2015, when he found the net in 11 consecutive matches to claim a record previously held by Ruud van Nistelrooy.
After the trip to Villa, the 32-year-old will play against Norwich City and Manchester City before the visit of league leaders Liverpool on Boxing Day. If his scoring streak continues, he would equal the record against Liverpool.
“I would back him to do it, definitely. He doesn’t ever look like he’s not going to score,” said Maddison.
“I sit next to him in the changing room and when I look at him, I just think he looks like he’s going to score every time. He’s always in the mood. He’s a goalscorer, a world-class finisher.
“World class isn’t a term that you should throw around lightly but his finishing is. He scores goals at this level and that record of 11 games in a row is just unbelievable.
“He’s only four away at the moment and I’ll keep trying to feed him – maybe I’ll even let him have the odd free kick!”
Vardy’s goals have helped propel Leicester into second place, while the performances of £21 million signing Maddison earned him international recognition last month.
Maddison insists Leicester deserve more credit for their excellent start and is focusing on keeping up the pressure on Liverpool. “Seven wins in a row is fantastic to hear and it’s great to be a part of. We’ve got real momentum at the minute and we don’t want that to stop,” he said.
“Liverpool are top of the table and very rarely drop points so to stay up there at that level we have to keep winning.
“Let’s hope we keep staying under the radar. We’ll keep going, people will or won’t talk but it doesn’t really matter because it won’t change our preparation for games. Eventually people might start talking about us but we won’t let that derail us because we’ve got a job to do.”