For a while back in June, it looked like Jamie Vardy was all set to leave Leicester City and join Arsenal.
The Gunners reportedly had a £20 million transfer bid accepted and, despite his key role in leading the Foxes to an unexpected Premier League title, most people expected the England striker to agree terms with the north London club.
Instead, Vardy opted to shun Arsenal's interest and re-sign with Leicester. Now, with details finalised on his new four-year, £100,000 deal, the 29-year-old has spoken publicly on his decision and what it means moving forward.
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While reports at the time of Arsenal's interest suggested it could put Vardy of his preparations for England's Euro 2016 campaign, the player himself has now claimed he left it all up to his representatives.
"I had total faith in my agent and the Club to sort things out," Vardy explained via Leicester's official website. "Which left me free to completely focus on England and trying to help the team."
"...It's nice to be coming into pre-season without the distraction of any speculation. My future's decided - I'm a Leicester City player and I'm absolutely delighted with that.
"This Club's been fantastic for me and now I've got to knuckle down again to keep helping to move it forward. I’m grateful to the manager, the owners, my teammates and the fans for the support they’ve always given me."
Arsenal fans lamenting their lack of options up front ahead of the new campaign will undoubtedly wish Vardy was speaking about his excitement at joining the Gunners.
Instead, the man who fired Leicester to the title is now dead set on enjoying the rewards last season's success brings.
"We're defending the title and we've got the Champions League to look forward to, so we want to make sure we do ourselves justice," he continued.
Arsenal, of course, also have Champions League football ahead and reportedly offered a full £20,000-per-week more than the deal Vardy has signed to stay in the East Midlands.
Judging by the Sheffield-born striker's comments, though, it was always going to be hard to tempt him away from the club for whom he bagged 24 priceless goals last year.
For Arsenal, the comments come hot on the heels of seeing another attacking target, Gonzalo Higuain, sign for Juventus and they will leave fans thinking of what could have been.
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