Jamie Vardy has revealed that his decision to turn down Arsenal in the summer was turned into an awkward situation – after he bumped into Gunners boss Arsene Wenger in a hotel.
The Leicester City star was the subject of a bid in the region of £20 million from Wenger’s side in the summer, a figure which activated a release clause in his contract. But after days and days of soul searching, Vardy opted to remain with the Premier League champions and turn down the Frenchman’s overtures.
Revealing the uncomfortable-sounding exchanges via the Evening Standard, the 29-year-old said: “To be fair I spoke to him a couple of times in the hotels we were in while we were in France.
“It was just, ‘Hi, are you all right?’, and walk off to the match. It was basically every hotel. I think 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.
“It was a nice compliment they wanted to buy me. But my head and heart were saying stay.”
After 24 goals in the 2015/16 campaign, Vardy has started this season in bright form, scoring twice in Leicester’s opening four competitive matches. He’ll turn 30 in January, and given the fact he signed a new four-year contract in Leicester back in June, it seems Vardy’s opportunity to play for one of football’s genuine superpowers appears to have gone.