Arsene Wenger has given his opinion on Jamie Vardy rejecting a move to Arsenal

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Last year, it would have been inconceivable that a Leicester player would turn down a move to Arsenal.

But that appears to be the case with Jamie Vardy.

The Gunners had triggered the release clause of the Foxes’ forward and it seemed that Vardy would be moving to the Emirates. But, after having time to think about his future, Vardy pledged his future to the Premier League champions.


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Upon rejecting Arsenal, Vardy has signed a new deal with Leicester that will keep him at the club until 2020.

In a statement, the champions said: "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 this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie's future.

"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."

And now Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had his say.

Wenger's comments

In an interview with BeIN Sports, per the Mirror, the Frenchman has revealed his thoughts on Vardy’s snub.

“I think Leicester have made a statement and Vardy will stay. We were on the case and interested, but not more than that,” he said.

"He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him.

“He came late to the game and in fairness Leicester bought him from Fleetwood and he has been successful. He is 29 and he has chosen to stay at Leicester. You have to respect that.”

Wenger on Kante

While Wenger won’t be stealing Vardy from Leicester, he could attempt to snatch N’Golo Kante from them and he refused to rule out a move for the French midfielder.

“It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment,” he said. “Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players.

“We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks. It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice [Nampalys Mendy] with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don’t know.

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