By Alex Stevens

Gary Lineker has urged Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez not to ruin Leicester’s season by leaving the club in the January window.

Claudio Ranieri’s team start 2016 second in the Premier League to Arsenal only on goal difference after a remarkable first half of the campaign.

Leicester fan Lineker does not expect his first professional club to win the league but has pleaded with the club’s star players to give it a go and stay put until next summer.

“They might be like the Christmas decorations and come down in the new year, we’ll have to wait and see,” Lineker told Breathe Sport on Wednesday afternoon. “Even if they do, the ride has been spectacular.

“The one thing I don’t want to happen is that a couple of the star players get nicked in the January window. You would never stop one of those players wanting to play for a big club – I did it myself – but do it at the end of the season.

“Don’t ruin the whole thing now. That would be awful and the main concern for all Leicester fans.”

The former England striker has been hugely impressed by the contributions made by star duo Vardy and Mahrez, as well as 2015 summer signing N’Golo Kante.

“Everyone has enjoyed Vardy’s electrifying pace and energy, Mahrez is so gifted wonderfully skillful, Kante’s energy in midfield, they are great to watch,” Lineker added.

Leicester drew 0-0 with Manchester City on Tuesday night and have ended the year with 39 points, level with Arsenal and three more than third-placed City.