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Vardy: Why I snubbed Arsenal

Jamie Vardy has opened up over the his difficult summer where he senationally snubbed a big money move to Arsenal.

Vardy was one of the hot topics of the summer as Arsene Wenger triggered his £20million release clause in a bid to take him to the Emirates.

However after weeks of deliberation, the England striker chose to stay with Leicester and has revealed why.

I was in a hotel room for many hours of every day with nothing to do.

You get that much time to think about every single thing.

You think about what might happen, what might not, where you could be, where not.

I won’t beat around the bush. Every time I thought about it — and every aspect of it I thought about — both my head and my heart were saying, ‘You need to stay’.

Matters were made even harder for the striker when whilst in the hotel he bumped into Arsene Wenger who was working for a French TV station covering Euro 2016.

It was both before and after the decision. I spoke to him a couple of times.

He was doing French TV for the Euros. It wasn’t awkward, it was just a simple ‘hello, are you okay?’ That kind of thing.

Vardy is preparing for his first taste of Champions League football next week, and hopes that Leicester will be able to capitalise on their status as Champions by continuing their rise through the ranks of English football

Leicester have been on the rise and will keep doing that. You can see from transfer deadline day [signing Islam Slimani for £30m] they want to keep it going. If it does keep going, I want to be part of that.

I’ve been there from when I left Fleetwood and we have gone up and up and up.

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