RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick has claimed he turned down the opportunity to sign Jamie Vardy two years ago because he considered the Leicester forward to be too old.
“We desperately wanted to sign Joe Gomez, who later chose Liverpool, and we were flying back from London to Leipzig with his agent,” Rangnick, who also acts as Leipzig sporting director, told Sport Bild magazine.
“In the plane, the agent said to me ‘Mr Rangnick, it’s a crying shame that you are so radical about who you sign and only go for players who are under 24 because I’ve got somebody who would be just perfect for you. I can guarantee he would become a national team player under you, but he’s already 27’.
“It was Jamie Vardy.”
Rangnick recalled himself replying: “No, he’s 27 – we’re not doing it.”