Despite the fact Leicester City are the Premier League title holders and will compete in next season’s Champions League, it was still a surprise when Jamie Vardy decided to reject a move to Arsenal earlier this summer.
The England international, who finished as the Premier League’s second highest goalscorer behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane last term, must have been tempted to join the Gunners.
However, speculation over his future ended when Leicester released a statement confirming the striker had agreed a new four-year contract with the Foxes. It’s understood the deal is worth in excess of £100,000-a-week.
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Sky Sports sources claimed Vardy rejected Arsenal because, for understandable reasons, he wasn’t convinced the Gunners’ style of play would suit his game.
The 29-year-old reportedly feared Arsene Wenger’s possession-based game would see him struggle.
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Ranieri reveals why Vardy snubbed Arsenal
However, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri sees it differently.
Rather than Vardy weighing up the pros and cons over a move to north London, Ranieri believes the striker simply rejected Arenal because he is “a king” at the King Power Stadium.
“He enjoys it a lot here – he is a king and he is happy,” Ranieri was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “Thank you to him and his family because it was important. He made a fantastic choice.
“I believe in the man. You imagine, he came from a little team and came right to the top, and then a big team wants you but you stay – that is unbelievable.
“It is fantastic because Jamie is one of our points of reference. Of course, all his team-mates are happy and he gave us a lot of energy to have another good season.
“Maybe it is because he started from the bottom and now we are his family. It is the first time in the Champions League too and he wants to stay together.”
Vardy has faith in the Leicester project
Vardy apparently has faith in the Leicester project and believes the team can defend their Premier League title.
Moreover, he believes they can make an impact in the Champions League.
The Foxes begin the 2016-17 campaign with a showpiece match against Manchester United in the Community Shield on August 7, before taking on Hull City six days later in their Premier League opener.
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