Jamie Vardy is gearing up to face Arsenal this weekend – a team he might well have been lining up for had things panned out slightly differently.
The current Premier League top goalscorer was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium after Leicester City’s shock title win in 2016.
Arsenal supposedly had a bid accepted for the striker (football.london), but it was Vardy who turned down the move, opting to stay at Leicester where he is now the best-paid player at the club on £140,000-a-week (Spotrac) and worshipped by supporters.
Since turning down the north Londoners, Vardy has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most dangerous marksmen, who has gained the respect of neutrals for his loyalty to the Foxes.
Speaking about his main man’s decision, manager Brendan Rodgers said (Telegraph): “There were a number of things: he was probably offered a good deal here, felt comfortable here, stable here, his family. It’s an incredible club.
“Especially with all the paraphernalia around the Premier League. This is a club that’s pure in its community spirit, doesn’t get carried away with all the stuff that the Premier League can bring and he’s the type of guy who will have enjoyed that, being looked after.”
TBR’s view – Vardy’s decision justified
Vardy could easily have moved on just liked N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Harry Maguire, but he chose not to and now more success could await Leicester with Rodgers in charge.
Vardy is adored both at the King Power and by neutrals, is extremely well paid and has never looked more lethal – it’s fair to say, rejecting Arsenal was the right decision.