Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says Jamie Vardy once had to be talked out of quitting the Foxes to become a party rep on the island of Ibiza.
Vardy has since gone on to become a key member of the Foxes side and has earned 16 England caps on the back of his performances during the club’s title-winning campaign of 2015/16.
After arriving at Leicester from Fleetwood for £1million in May 2012, Vardy only managed to score five goals in 29 appearances in his maiden season at the club and considered whether he was cut out for football at the highest level.
But Shakespeare, who was joint-assistant manager at the time under Nigel Pearson, says the management team were able to persuade Vardy to remain at the club.
Shakespeare said: “I remember the situation [with Vardy] really well.
“At that time Jamie would be the first to admit he was going through a rough patch and myself Nigel and Steve [Walsh, fellow assistant-manager] sat him down and told him about his attributes and that we thought he could go on.
“We not only mentioned he was capable of playing in the Premier League, we said he also had the attributes to play for the national team.
“Thankfully he didn’t go to Ibiza and it’s fair to say he made the right decision, considering how well he has done.
“Our job is to support players. Sometimes they do have self-doubt.”