After Jamie Vardy's amazing 2015-2016 season with Leicester City, scoring 24 goals in 38 appearances, and then getting his first call up for England for a major tournament, it was inevitable that top clubs would be coming in to try and steal him from the hands of the Foxes.
Arsenal, who are on the hunt for a world class striker to help bolster their attack, launched a formal bid for Vardy just days before he jetted off for Euro 2016, and in doing so, activated his release clause which meant he was able to communicate with the Gunners over a possible transfer.
It was reported that Vardy had passed a medical at Arsenal's London Colney training ground at the beginning of the month, and only had four days to make his decision over whether he wanted to leave the current Premier League champions for Arsenal, before heading to France with England for Euro 2016.
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It later emerged on the morning of England's trip to France that Vardy would wait until the tournament had finished before deciding on his future, with the influence of Roy Hodgson, who also stated that any transfers of England players should be put on hold until after the tournament.
As the speculation remained, Vardy set off for the Euros with his future still in limbo.
While Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri both spoke highly of Vardy, both stating it is unclear what he would do, the striker himself was giving nothing away.
However, once England had qualified for the knockout stages, Vardy himself decided he would commit his future to Leicester by signing a new four-year deal at the King Power Stadium. It was later revealed that he didn't understand the role he'd play at Arsenal, and also feared he wouldn't suit their style of play.
It is believed that the news was treated with both disappointment and understanding from Arsene Wenger, who stated that he had "respect" for Vardy after he turned down the move.
It shows a huge sense of loyalty from Vardy towards Leicester City, but whether the decision is a positive one, will remain to be seen.
In modern day football, loyalty is hard to come by, with footballers changing club more than ever before. For Vardy to snub a lucrative move to Arsenal in order to remain with Leicester, shows that he has some loyalty to the club, and that makes for a breathe of fresh air given the modern mindset with footballers.
On Vardy's part, it shows true loyalty to Leicester City, the fans, and his manager, but for Arsene Wenger, it is just another predictable transfer loss.
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