It’s fair to say reports of Arsenal triggering Jamie Vardy’s release clause surprised everyone.
If the striker was in the early stages of his career, his 24 Premier League goals would have been enough to attract plenty of interest.
But, with him turning 30-years-old in January, Vardy wasn’t linked with a move away from the champions.
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The Gunners have triggered the £20 million clause but it’s unclear whether Vardy actually wants the move. He signed a new deal in February worth an estimated £80,000-per-week and with Champions League imminent, there’s every reason for him to remain at the King Power Stadium.
Arsenal may be one of the biggest clubs in England and will be challenging for the title next season but we’ve identified three key reasons why Vardy should remain at Leicester.
1) He is a Leicester legend
With his goals helping them earn Premier League glory, Vardy became a Leicester hero. He signed for the Foxes in 2012, helping them achieve promotion to the top-flight and reached a half-century tally of goals this campaign. Chants of “Jamie Vardy’s having a party” was heard echoing around their stadium throughout the season - that won’t happen at the Emirates.
Strikers thrive on confidence. Just look at Vardy went he went on that incredible run of scoring in 11 consecutive matches. He felt that every match he played in, he would score. He achieved that because he was playing week-in and week-out and knew that his place wasn't under threat no matter what happened in training or in matches. At Arsenal, he will be under pressure to perform in every training session and every game to make sure he earns himself a starting spot and that could affect his performances.
3) England aspirations
Vardy has earned himself a place in Roy Hodgons’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016 with his performances for Leicester. He played week-in week-out for Claudio Ranieri’s side and managed to find his rhythm. With the World Cup two years away, Vardy will be hoping he can keep his place in the England set-up. To do so, he will need to be playing every match and performing well. Will he consistently be a starter for Arsenal?
He’s earned Champions League football for Leicester and played a key role in their incredible story. It was such a shame to see the side dismantled before having a taste of Champions League football and attempting to defend their title.