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Jamie Vardy signs new Leicester deal

Jamie Vardy. Credit: PA

Leicester City have announced Jamie Vardy has signed a new deal until 2019.

The Premier League leaders have tied down the division's 18-goal leading scorer to end any speculation over his future.

Vardy's contract had been due to expire in 2018 and he has now handed City's title hopes another huge boost following their 3-1 win at rivals Manchester City.

Vardy said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be fighting to achieve something special with this club, as part of this squad. 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."

Liverpool fans stage Anfield walkout over ticket pricing

Liverpool fans leave Anfield. Credit: PA

Thousands of Liverpool fans voted with their feet in protest at ticket prices as Anfield witnessed its first walkout in its 132-year history.

Supporters' groups organised the action for the 77th minute of the match against Sunderland (read the match report) after a £77 match ticket (up from £59) and a £1,000 season ticket for next season were announced this week.

The club argued the new structure - which includes 45 per cent of match tickets decreasing in price, 64 per cent of season tickets being reduced or staying the same in cost, better availability for local fans and around 1,500 £9 tickets for category C games - offers greater accessibility and affordability.

However, that was not enough to placate fans' groups as upwards of an estimated 10,000 of the 44,179 inside the stadium got up and left their seats in the 77th minute, with long queues forming for the exit.

Ranieri refuses to accept Leicester City are now Premier League title favourites

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri. Credit: PA

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri refused to accept his team are now title favourites after their sensational 3-1 win at Manchester City.

The surprise Premier League leaders opened up a six-point lead over Manuel Pellegrini's men - the side many expect to take the crown - with a near-perfect display at the Etihad Stadium.

One leading bookmaker immediately made Leicester - 5,000/1 outsiders at the start of the season - the new 7/4 favourites for the title.

But Ranieri, aware he was the one-time hot favourite in the 'sack race', said: "I don't believe the bookmakers. At the beginning of the season the bookmakers said, 'sack Ranieri'. I hope one time they are right!"

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Leicester City loan Kramaric to Hoffenheim

Andrej Kramaric is on the move. Credit: PA

Leicester have loaned out club-record signing Andrej Kramaric to struggling Hoffenheim for the rest of the season.

Much was expected of the 24-year-old striker when the Foxes beat Chelsea to the striker's signature last January, paying Rijeka £9.5m.

However, Kramaric has struggled to find his feet in England and will now spend the rest of the season at the side bottom of the Bundesliga table.

The Croatia international said: "I'm very excited about this chapter with TSG and the Bundesliga and want to play my part in keeping the team up."

Kramaric has made just five appearances this season for the Foxes, with his only goal coming in a 4-1 League Cup win at Bury.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri understands the striker's desperation to get first-team football, especially with Croatia playing at Euro 2016 this summer.

"Andrej has the European Championships to think about this summer, so it's important for him that he has the opportunity to play," Ranieri said.

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