Vardy: Rejecting Arsenal was an 'easy' decision

The striker insists he never came close to joining the Gunners because he feels there is unfinished business at Leicester City, while he also hopes Riyad Mahrez stays at the club

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has stressed that rejecting a move to Arsenal was an “easy” decision for him, insisting a transfer was never on the cards.

The England international was believed to be close to joining Arsenal after they triggered his release clause, but he eventually signed a new contract with Leicester instead.

The 29-year-old has now reflected on his decision to stay put and is adamant staying at the Premier League champions was an easy call to make in the end.

“[Turning down Arsenal] wasn’t that big when I think about it. It was quite easy and this is where I want to be,” Vardy told Sky Sports.

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“I was away with England so [a move to Arsenal wasn’t close]. No [I didn’t speak to them.]

“There’s a lot of unfinished business here. I feel that the club is only going one way and that is forward, that’s why I want to be a part of it.”

Vardy also hopes Riyad Mahrez, who has been strongly linked with a move away this summer, follows in his footsteps and stays put at the King Power Stadium.

“I think everyone in the squad would want him here, playing with us,” Vardy added.

“But that’s nothing to do with us and it’s down to Riyad and the club to sort.”

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