After becoming EPL’s top goal scorer in the 2015/16 season, Jamie Vardy was the target for many powerful clubs and it was less likely for him to play at Leicester City for the nest season, especially after Arsenal activated the striker’s 20 million release clause last month.
There were sources claiming that the move would be completed after Euro 2016, as Vardy needs to focus on England’s matches, but apparently, the Foxes were more convincing and returned with a counter offer and the 29-year-old took a decision.
When asked about Jamie Vardy’s potential move to the Gunners, Arsene Wenger has admitted that the player is expected to remain at Leicester. “Jamie Vardy is, at the moment, at Leicester and from what I know, he will stay at Leicester,” the French manager said, in an interview with Chinese television, according to The Daily Mail.
Leicester are also confident that the striker, who finished with 24 goals last season, will be their player for at least one more season and will help them make a good impression in their first Champions League participation.
Jamie Vardy refused to discuss his future though. When asked whether he will stay at King Power Stadium, the forward replied: “No, nothing at all. I’m just here focused on England and that’s all I want to do. That’s how I want to be and how I want to stay focused. We’re here to represent England and that’s all I want to think about.”
The striker is expected to be part of England’s starting eleven this Monday, in their final group game at Euro 2016, against Slovakia, considered their chance to finish top of Group B. Vardy should play up front, alongside Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling.
As for Arsenal, they will definitely start looking for another top striker this summer, after signing Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, from Borussia Mönchengladbach, for a 30 million fee.