Jamie Vardy has made a huge call by rejecting the opportunity to join Arsenal and signing a new four-year contract with Leicester City.
Unsurprisingly, the England striker's decision has shocked a lot of people, as it was expected he would opt for the historically 'bigger' club.
So, was it the right decision for him to stay at Leicester?
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In a sense, Vardy's decision shouldn't be that much of a surprise because Leicester have gone from a relegation-threatened side to champions and Champions League participants in the space of just a season. This rapid progression has gathered so much attention that it has allowed the players to establish themselves as a top-quality side that can compete at any level.
Therefore, the only reason Vardy would have left would have been the financial benefits of joining a club like Arsenal, but that move could have seen him left on the bench for the majority of next season.
If Vardy had moved to the Emirates, his reputation and popularity would have dropped dramatically. At the age of 29, his career needs to flourish, but joining a big club like Arsenal could leave his football career in ruins.
Vardy owes Foxes
Leicester is the perfect club for Vardy because he's used to their style of play and will always be in the starting XI, barring injury.
Interestingly, he has clearly attracted the interest of clubs bigger than Leicester, but he has resisted a big money move and stayed at a club to whom he owes a huge debt.
Only time will tell if Vardy has made the right decision, as it all depends on the performance of Leicester and how they can handle the pressure of being reigning champions. He may only be satisfied if the Foxes can finish in the top four again next season and continue to compete at the top of the Premier League.
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