Antonio Conte has insisted that Chelsea were never interested in signing Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

Vardy, 31, is in contention to play against the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after recovering from a groin injury.

Standard Sport reported back in December 2015 that Chelsea were interested in signing Vardy to bolster their attacking options following the sacking of former manager Jose Mourinho.

Six months later, and Vardy turned down a move to Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal shortly after he won the Premier League title with Leicester.

With Chelsea set to take on the Foxes in west London on Saturday afternoon, Conte has insisted that Vardy isn’t a player he or the Blues ever considered signing although he praised the striker’s obvious abilities.

“For sure Vardy is a really good player and I don’t like to speak about players of other teams. But in this case, we are not talking about the transfer market,” Conte told reporters.

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