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Monday 24 October 2016

Jamie Vardy contacted by Leicester team-mates and told to reject Arsenal advances

Matt Law

Published 07/06/2016 | 08:12

Jamie Vardy and Fraser Forster head for France
Jamie Vardy and Fraser Forster head for France

Jamie Vardy has been begged to turn down a move to Arsenal and stay at Leicester City by a number of his title-winning team-mates.

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Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Kasper Schmeichel have all personally contacted Vardy since Friday, when Arsenal activated the £20 million release clause in his Leicester contract, to try to convince him to stay at the King Power Stadium.

The trio have pleaded with the 29-year-old to lead Premier League champions Leicester into next season’s Champions League and build on their stunning success.

Coupled with Leicester’s counter bid of a new contract, the words of his team-mates have clearly had an effect on Vardy as he agonises over a switch to Arsenal.

Vardy is now in France for the European Championships with England, whose squad have been asked by manager Roy Hodgson to focus fully on the national team.

Arsenal have been pushing Vardy for an answer before England start their Euros campaign against Russia on Saturday, but it remains to be seen whether he feels he can fulfil that request.

Vardy is desperate to put all of his energy into England’s efforts in France and will not allow Arsenal’s bid to distract him from trying to help Hodgson’s team do well in the tournament.

Hodgson will not want speculation overshadowing England’s efforts. Only last week, the 68-year-old said: “The one thing this group of players know and have accepted is that when you are on England duty, you are on England duty.

“It is not a question of you sorting out your future, or diving off for medicals.

“We are not trying to block players' futures or transfers, but as far as we are concerned, our ongoing theme is that England is England, your club is your club. While you are with England we want you to stay focused on us.”

Despite the fact Arsenal would ideally like an answer as soon as possible, the club are yet to put a deadline on Vardy’s decision.

It remains to be seen, however, whether or not manager Arsene Wenger would be prepared to wait until the end of England’s Euro 2016 campaign to find out whether or not he has landed the striker.

Leicester are still trying to sign Watford striker Troy Deeney, regardless of what happens over Vardy.

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