Jamie Vardy has rejected Arsenal to stay at Leicester on a new contract. The Premier League champions have agreed a new four-year deal with Vardy, who will sign once England’s Euro 2016 campaign is over.
The 29-year old striker, who is presently on duty with England at the Euro 2016 finals agreed to an improved four year contract offer from ‘The Foxes’ and spurning Arsenal’s advances after they activated a £20 million ($30m) release clause.
This was contained in a statement released by the club, which read:
“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 that this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie’s future and confirm his long term commitment to Leicester City Football Club.
“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.”
This certainly brings to an end weeks of speculation surrounding the striker’s future after Arsenal reportedly activated his £20 million release clause earlier this month.
According to SkySports, Vardy’s new deal will not affect Leicester’s pursuit of Deeney. The Foxes have already had two bids turned down by Watford, the last was for £25 million and are likely to return with an improved offer.
29-year old Vardy has won the Premier League title, been named the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year and scored four times for England, including the equalizer in the 2-1 victory over Wales in Lens last Thursday. His new contract at Leicester is likely to be in the region of £100,000 a week.