After weeks of speculation, Jamie Vardy has decided it’s in his best interests to stay at Leicester City rather than join Arsenal.
The Foxes announced on their official website on Thursday morning that the 29-year-old has agreed a new four-year contract with the Premier League champions.
This sparked a wave of reaction on social media - Vardy is currently trending on both Facebook and Twitter - with Piers Morgan, perhaps unsurprisingly, posting the bitterest tweet of the day.
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The Good Morning Britain presenter indicated that, in his opinion at least, Arsenal may have swerved a bullet.
In his view, Vardy - who scored 24 Premier League goals for Leicester this season - is overrated.
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Piers Morgan's tweet
That was the only word he used in his tweet, although he also tagged in Vardy to ensure the striker sees it.
No doubt this was an attempt to get a reaction out of the striker; Morgan is an experienced Twitter troll - albeit not a malicious one.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Morgan’s comment…
Confirming the news of Vardy’s decision, Leicester released a statement which reads: “Leicester City have today (Thursday) agreed with the representatives of Jamie Vardy to extend the England international’s contract with the Premier League champions for a further four years.
“Both parties hope that this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie’s future and confirm his long term commitment to Leicester City Football Club.
“Jamie will continue to focus all of his efforts on trying to achieve success with the England team at the European Championships in France.
“There will be no further comment from either the Club or the player on this matter until the conclusion of the tournament.”
Smart decision by Vardy?
In truth, Vardy has probably made a smart decision.
The striker suits Leicester’s style of play and may have struggled to adapt in Arsene Wenger’s team.
Vardy is a striker who plays off the shoulder; he is blessed with lightning-quick pace, he can finish but his hold-up play is average at best.
Wenger may have been planning to deploy Vardy on the wing, with Olivier Giroud through the middle, but the former non-league star has produced his best form in the centre-forward position.
The transfer might have backfired on both Vardy and Wenger, who will now be on the hunt for a new forward.
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