SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Leicester City at St Mary’s Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The Vardy party is staying in the English midlands.

Despite Arsenal meeting his buyout clause and offering a contract, Jamie Vardy has decided to stay at EPL champs Leicester City after signing a new four-year deal.

Leicester released a statement announcing the deal and reading it, one would get the impression that the team as well as Vardy was more than a bit annoyed at the rumors and speculation on the move to Arsenal.

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.
While nobody usually admits it, players can and typically do get distracted from suspected moves like that. With reports linking Vardy to Arsenal surfacing about a month ago, Vardy would constantly be asked what he was going to do. All this while he’s supposed to be representing England in Euro 2016.
Vardy asked for him to wait until after the Euro’s before dealing with the issue and making the decision but it seemed necessary to do it as soon as possible and do it on an off day for the Euro’s to avoid further distraction.
So for Leicester City, it means another cornerstone to the surprise EPL title winning team is staying, or at the very least raise the price tag for other teams interested in signing Vardy. With entering Champions League and playing a lot tougher teams, Leicester needs to be more focused on getting players rather than losing players. It’s unlikely for Leicester City to repeat what they did but they are giving themselves every opportunity to go for it.


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