The Vardy family is having a party after Jamie Vardy signed a new contract at Leicester City worth £100,000-per-week.
The deal was announced this morning, bringing weeks of speculation surrounding the striker’s future to a close.
However, the person who is perhaps most delighted is Vardy’s wife, Rebekah. For some absurd reason, Leicester fans took to abusing her on social media after Arsenal activated Vardy’s release clause earlier in the month.
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Clearly, Leicester supporters were afraid that their 24-goal hitman was about to leave. But quite how Rebekah was at fault is anyone’s guess.
But she has had the last laugh. Rebekah responded to the contract extension by asking those Leicester fans to apologise while thanking those who remained supportive.
Check out the four tweets she sent on Thursday morning.
VARDY CAN INFLUENCE KANTE AND MAHREZ
Though some Leicester fans will have their tail between their legs, they will be delighted that Vardy has decided to snub Arsenal and their offer of £150,000-per-week.
It means he will continue to play a role in Leicester’s remarkable story. And, to be fair, watching the Foxes in the Champions League without Vardy wouldn’t have felt right.
Claudio Ranieri must now hope that Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante choose to follow in Vardy’s footsteps.
Both have been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium and it’s hard to imagine Leicester standing a chance of repeating last season’s success without the duo.
Bid to start vs Iceland
The news means Vardy can focus all his intentions on helping England at the European Championship. Having scored within 11 minutes of coming on in the 2-1 win against Wales, Vardy figures to play a key role for the Three Lions in their last-16 clash against Iceland.
An ineffective performance against Slovakia might see Vardy out of the starting line-up for Monday’s game but he showed against Wales what he can do from the bench.
According to the Mirror, Vardy is in a head-to-head competition with Adam Lallana to start on the wing. Hodgson is said to favour Lallana on the wing but the Liverpool man’s lack of production - he is yet to score in 26 internationals - is cause for concern, especially given that England have struggled to find the net in France.
England face a difficult path to the final after finishing second in Group B.
Should they beat Iceland, they could run into France in the quarter-final. And it only gets harder - their last-four opponents are likely to be either Germany or Spain.
Vardy has already been a part of one miracle in 2016. And England’s challenge is certainly more realistic than Leicester’s was at the start of last season.