England striker Jamie Vardy has turned down a chance to join Arsenal and instead extended his contract with Premier League champions Leicester City.
Vardy, 29, was reportedly considering joining Arsenal after the Gunners activated his release clause, but he has now decided to stay with Claudio Ranieri’s fairytale champions.
The club issued a statement on Thursday confirming Vardy’s stay.
“Leicester City have today (Thursday) agreed with the representatives of Jamie Vardy to extend the England international’s contract with the Premier League champions for a further four years,” the statement on the official Leicester City website read.
“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.
“There will be no further comment from either the Club or the player on this matter until the conclusion of the tournament.”
Vardy scored 24 league goals as the Foxes won their first ever top flight title last season.