Jamie Vardy’s Arsenal snub
Even though fans were lead to believe that Jamie Vardy would only make a decision about his future after England left the Euros, on Thursday his transfer saga came to an end.
Despite Arsenal’s bid for the 29-year-old striker, Vardy decided to remain at Premier League champions Leicester.
The forward penned a new four year extension to his contract, thus sending out a clear message of his long term faith and ambitions with the Foxes.
Wenger talks to beIN Sports
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has now spoken to beIN Sports about Vardy’s choice to remain at the King Power Stadium.
Many tabloids have tried to interpret Wenger’s quotes to claim the Gunners boss may now try to target Leicester’s N’Golo Kante instead. He said:
I think Leicester have made a statement and Vardy will stay. We were on the case and interested, but not more than that.
He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him.
He came late to the game and in fairness Leicester bought him from Fleetwood and he has been successful. He is 29 and he has chosen to stay at Leicester. You have to respect that.
It is very difficult to talk about [Kante] at the moment. Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players.
We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks. It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice [Nampalys Mendy] with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don’t know.
If you ask 100 people in the street if they want Kante to play [for France] you will get 100 saying yes. He has done the job in one or two games and I am not surprised.
I said two months ago this boy will play the whole European Championship. We know him well from Leicester now and I am not surprised that he is starting. He has been one of the revelations of the French team.