Leicester players are trying to block Jamie Vardy's move to Arsenal

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Jamie Vardy's move to Arsenal appears to be hanging in the balance, with the Leicester striker seemingly in two minds about the switch. 

The England international scored 24 times in the Premier League last season to help the Foxes claim a historic Premier League title win - however the news broke on Friday that he could be on his way out of the club.

A clause written into Vardy's contract means he's allowed to leave Leicester in order to join a Champions League club for £20 million, and Arsenal have made their move.

While at face value it would seem to be a simple decision, it would appear as though the 29-year-old is having second thoughts.

Leicester have returned with an improved contract offer that would see him earn more if he stayed put rather than heading towards north London, and now the Telegraph are reporting that his current team-mates have made an emotional plea for him to stay.

The newspaper is reporting that three players have all contacted the forward to discuss his future plans, and to try and convince him that his future is in Leicester rather than London.

Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Kasper Schmeichel are the three to have spoken to Vardy since the news broke, in the hope of persuading him to remain in order to spearhead their maiden Champions League campaign. 

The former Fleetwood Town frontman is currently away with England and is preparing to take part in the Three Lions' Euro 2016 campaign, which gets underway against Russia on Saturday in Marseille. 

The Telegraph claim that Vardy has spoken to England boss Roy Hodgson and has been urged to focus on the tournament in France this summer before considering what action to take. 

“The one thing this group of players know and have accepted is that when you are on England duty, you are on England duty," Hodgson explained publicly. 

“It is not a question of you sorting out your future, or diving off for medicals. We are not trying to block players' futures or transfers, but as far as we are concerned, our ongoing theme is that England is England, your club is your club. While you are with England we want you to stay focused on us.”

Reports this morning have surfaced that Arsenal are slowly losing faith that they will be able to get the Vardy deal done, amidst reports that they are also interested in taking his team-mate, PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez.

It's likely that the saga will rumble on until England's involvement in Euro 2016 is at an end, despite the fact that Arsenal are keen on an answer as soon as they can get one. 

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