Saturday 3 December 2016

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy snubbed Arsenal due to 'playing style concerns'

Samuel Stevens

Published 24/06/2016 | 14:33

Leicester hitman Jamie Vardy
Leicester hitman Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy decided to stay with Leicester City and snub a move to Arsenal because he was "unconvinced" by their style of football.

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The 29-year-old, who scored 24 goals to propel Leicester to an unlikely Premier League title last season, was subject to a £20m bid from the Gunners last month which matched the release clause in his contract.

Vardy has since agreed fresh terms on a new four-year contract at the King Power Stadium and will sign the deal once he returns from France where he is representing England at the European Championship.

Leicester’s leading goal-scorer is reported by Sky Sports to have been hesitant to join Arsenal once he was informed that he would receive no assurances that the London club would play to his strengths.

Claudio Ranieri’s champions played a fearsome, counter-attacking brand of football last term as the Foxes opened up a 10-point advantage at the Premier League summit to win a first title in 132 years of existence.

Vardy is thought to be convinced that Leicester can launch a defence of their crown next season while he also hopes the East Midlands side can make an impact in their maiden campaign in the Champions League.

The Football Association was made aware of the plan to reveal his new contract but senior figures are believed to have grown tired of the saga.

The former Fleetwood Town striker is likely to be dropped for the second-round clash against Iceland after failing to make an impact during the dour goalless draw against Slovakia last week.

Independent News Service

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