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Claudio Ranieri says it's premature to compare Jamie Vardy to Neymar

He kept a straight face while doing it, too.

Vardy has scored nine goals this season
Vardy has scored nine goals this season

JAMIE VARDY HAS earned plenty of plaudits for his red-hot form in the Premier League this season, but Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insists it is premature to compare him to Barcelona superstar Neymar.

It has been a season to remember so far for England striker Vardy, who scored twice in last weekend’s come-from-behind 2-2 draw at Southampton.

That brace took him to nine in nine in the league in 2015-16 and Vardy is top of the Premier League goalscoring charts, three clear of his nearest rivals.

And while Vardy has been the leading man in England this season, Ranieri used his Thursday press conference today to remind the public that any comparisons to Neymar – of which there don’t seem to be any – are a little bit premature.

“It is too early to talk about Vardy along with Neymar,” Ranieri said. “I hope can improve, if he can continue it will be fantastic.”

Vardy, who has scored is six consecutive league matches, has been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium in January due to his fantastic form.

Ranieri has no intention of selling the 28-year-old, who joined the club in 2012 from Fleetwood Town.

“We don’t sell Vardy,” he added.

“He’s very happy here. Nobody goes in January, not him, not Riyad [Mahrez], not [Jeffrey] Schlupp.”

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