Arsene Wenger comments on Jamie Vardy’s decision not to join Arsenal
Arsene Wenger comments on Jamie Vardy's decision to turn down Arsenal this summer
Arsene Wenger has insisted that Arsenal have no choice but to respect Jamie Vardy’s decision to turn down a transfer to Arsenal in favour of staying at Leicester City this summer.
The Gunners are reported to have tabled a £20m bid to bring the Foxes forward to The Emirates but Vardy this week opted to stay at Leicester by signing a new four-year contract with the Premier League champions.
Vardy’s decision came as a blow to Arsenal, who are looking to strengthen their attacking options ahead of next season.
However, Wenger has stressed that Vardy’s choice must be respected following the news of the forward’s decision.
Wenger is quoted as saying by Metro: “I think Leicester have made a statement and Vardy will stay.
“We were on the case and interested, but not more than that. He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him.
“He came late to the game and in fairness Leicester bought him from Fleetwood and he has been successful.
“He is 29 and he has chosen to stay at Leicester. You have to respect that.”
Wenger is still believed to be on the lookout for a number of attacking reinforcements this summer as he bids to revamp his squad ahead of next season.
Vardy scored 24 goals to help Leicester win the Premier League title last term.