By Alex Stevens

Jamie Vardy has given Leicester a massive boost by signing a new contract, the club announced on Saturday night.

The England international has committed to the Premier League leaders until 2019 after signing a new three-and-a-half year contract.

The Foxes have moved to tie Vardy down as a reward for his outstanding form this season, which has attracted interest from the richest English clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City.

The 29-year-old striker, who joined from non-league Fleetwood Town in 2012, is the Premier League’s 18-goal top scorer this season.

He has been a key figure in Leicester’s extraordinary season, which has taken them to the top of the league on Saturday night after a 3-1 win at Manchester City earlier in the day.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be fighting to achieve something special with this Club, as part of this squad,” Vardy told the Leicester website. “I’ve never known a spirit like it – from the owners, to the manager and his staff, the players and the fans. I want to be part of it for a long time.

“Leicester City have shown nothing but total faith in me since the day I arrived here three and a half years ago and it’s impossible to measure how much that belief has helped me to improve. I’ll forever be grateful for the investment the Club has made in me and I’ll spend every day working to repay it.”