Leicester City confirmed on Thursday morning that England striker Jamie Vardy will be staying with them, after he signed a new four-year-deal with Claudio Ranieri’s side .
Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger had wanted Vardy on board and a couple of weeks ago triggered a release clause in his contract with a £20m bid. But the 29-year-old has now snubbed The Gunners, deciding in favour of remaining with the Premier League champions.
Vardy’s goals played a major role in the Midlands club’s remarkable Premier League title success of last season and his success has been rewarded with the improved deal, much to the delight of the Foxes fans.
A statement was released on Leicester City website stating Vardy’s intention of remaining at the King Power Stadium until 2020, in the hope that this will put an end to the speculation.
“Leicester City have today (Thursday) agreed with the representatives of Jamie Vardy to extend the England international’s contract with the Premier League champions for a further four years,” said the statement.
“Both parties hope that this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie’s future and confirm his long term commitment to Leicester City Football Club.
“Jamie will continue to focus all of his efforts on trying to achieve success with the England team at the European Championships in France. There will be no further comment from either the Club or the player on this matter until the conclusion of the tournament.”
Arsenal had hoped that Vardy, who was crowned FWA Footballer of the Year, following his fantastic season, would make a move to the Gunners. This resulted in his wife Rebekah Vardy’s recent abuse on social media by trolls.
Vardy who is currently in France for the Euro 2016, scored in England’s Group B win over Wales and started in their game with Slovakia that ended in 0-0 draw.