All major clubs across Europe that were hoping to attract Jamie Vary to their side this summer should start looking elsewhere, as the 29-year-old striker, one of the vital parts in Leicester’s success, has agreed a new deal with his team.
According to BBC, Vardy will sign an extended four-year contract, earning £100,000 per week. He was linked with a move to Arsenal for the past weeks, but preferred to continue at King Power Stadium, even after the Gunners activated his release clause and offered a deal worth £120,000 per week.
“Both parties hope this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie’s future,” a statement received by Leicester says.
Jamie Vardy joined the Foxes back in 2012, from non-league Fleetwood Town, for just £1m. Back in February, he signed a new three-year deal, but it was obvious that football giants from all across Europe would be interested in his signature after Leicester’s historical success.
“Having played for Arsenal, when that club comes calling, it’s a big decision to turn it down because it is such a fabulous club,” said former Leicester defender Matthey Upson, also claiming that the Gunners’ stile might not have suited Vardy.
“When you look at how both teams play, there is such a contrast in style,” he said. “Arsenal have a very methodical build-up, they like to play through the middle, on the floor, break lines with passes and are very clever and intricate.”
Jamie Vardy’s decision was appreciated by Gary Lineker as well, Leicester’s former striker declaring that this is an impressive form of loyalty, which needs to be applauded.
On the other side, there’s one club that didn’t receive the news so well. We’re talking about Fleetwood Town, of course, which missed out a pretty big amount of money, considering a sell-on clause in Vardy’s contract.
Currently, the striker is on duty at Euro 2016, alongside England’s football team, where they will face Iceland on Monday, in the last 16 of the championship, after finishing second in group B.