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Graham Potter a target for Leicester City as head coach search continues

Graham Potter - Graham Potter a target for Leicester City as head coach search continues
Graham Potter may return to the dugout next season with Leicester City - Action Images/Peter Cziborra

Leicester City have made contact with Graham Potter, the former Chelsea and Brighton manager, as they ramp up their search for Enzo Maresca’s successor.

Potter is regarded as a serious target for Leicester’s hierarchy though there is a realisation that it will be a tough sell persuading him to make his return at the Championship title winners.

After leaving Chelsea in April last year, Potter has been carefully assessing his options after receiving a number of approaches from England and Europe.

Leicester have always rated Potter highly and want to get a clearer picture of his thinking, making contact  with his representative John Morris.

With a likely points deduction and possible sales of key players expected over the summer, Leicester may be viewed by Potter as a risk though the club are believed to be optimistic about the forthcoming season.

Carlos Corberán, the West Brom head coach, is another contender to replace Maresca whose appointment by Chelsea was confirmed on Monday.

Meanwhile, Jamie Vardy will take his career in the Premier League past his 38th birthday after agreeing a new one-year contract at Leicester City.

Jamie Vardy
Vardy was central to Leicester's extraordinary Premier League title in 2015 and, unlike many of his team-mates, has stayed at the club since - Getty Images

The greatest signing in Leicester’s history has provided the Championship title winners with a huge lift before their return to the top flight.

The decision to keep Vardy for another 12 months was approved by Maresca before his exit, and negotiations have progressed over the past week. An EFL transfer embargo was also lifted on Thursday.

Vardy, 37, scored 18 goals in the Championship last season to take Leicester back to the top division following their relegation in May 2023.

Signed from then non-league club Fleetwood Town for just £1 million in May 2012, Vardy has lifted a Premier League title, the FA Cup and Community Shield while also breaking a goal-scoring record by scoring in 11 consecutive games.

Vardy said: “To get the numbers that I did [last season], I’m delighted with it, but there’s still more to come. I look after myself. I’ve always said that age is just a number. My legs feel fine so that’s why I carry on until my legs say ‘that’s it, game over.’ There will be a day when that comes, but that’s not right now.

“We look forward to another season in the Premier League and seeing what we can do. One hundred per cent, it’s the best league in the world. That’s where you want to be playing your football.”

Leicester have also confirmed that Denmark international Jannik Vestergaard has signed a new three-year contract but one of their title winners, Marc Albrighton, is leaving on a free transfer.

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