Jamie Vardy.

Jamie Vardy reveals why it was 'easy' to choose Leicester over Arsenal

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For a while back in June, it looked like Jamie Vardy's phenomenal 2015/16 season would be rewarded with a big money move to Arsenal after the Gunners had a £20 million bid accepted.

However, to many people's surprise, the England striker opted to snub the north London club and sign a lucrative new £100,000-per-week contract with Leicester City.

For Leicester fans, Vardy's decision was a huge show of loyalty, whilst for Arsenal it was an embarrassing outcome to a potential crucial deal.


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Now, in comments reported by the Sunday Sun, Vardy himself has gone into some detail about why it was so "easy" to choose the Foxes over Arsene Wenger and co.

"I’ve always said the brotherhood at Leicester is unbelievable," the striker said. "Personally, I feel I have a lot of unfinished business here.

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“It wasn’t that big a decision, it was quite easy, this is where I wanted to be.”

And the reason it was so easy for Vardy to reject Arsenal's advances? Because, according to the player himself, he never actually spoke directly with anyone at the club.

"I was away with England. No [I never spoke with them].”

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The comments will shock many who had assumed Arsenal were in discussions with the striker as England were preparing for their ill-fated Euro 2016 campaign.

Staying put

As it turns out, though, the 29-year-old didn't even say as much as a hello to anyone from Arsenal amidst all of the rumours. Instead, as he hinted at last week, he left negotiations entirely up to his representatives.

It perhaps, then, isn't totally surprising that he opted to stick with what he knew at Leicester rather than jump ship to Arsenal this summer.

Still, the fact the Gunners hierarchy weren't even able to speak directly with Vardy as they chased his signature is sure to frustrate a lot of their fans, especially with criticism growing every day about another disappointing transfer window.

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