Is Jamie Vardy At Leicester City For Good?
July 15, 2016
When Jamie Vardy flew out with the England squad prior to Euro 2016, it seemed more than likely that he would complete a multi-million pound move to Arsenal upon his return. The Gunners were exceptionally keen on signing the Englishman, while their pedigree and status as perennial Champions League participants would surely be too much for Vardy to ignore?
The former Fleetwood Town striker refuted Arsenal’s advances during the tournament, however, instead choosing to sign an extension to his Leicester contract in exchange for a weekly salary of £100,000. While some have argued that this has denied Vardy a true fairytale ending to his rise as a top-flight football, others have celebrated his decision to remain loyal to the club that helped home make his name.
How Vardy Continues To Divide Opinion
In this respect, Vardy divides opinion like no other striker in England. His critics will claim that he he is unlikely to receive many other offers to represent one of Europe’s top clubs, especially as he is set to turn 30 in January next year. They may even say that he lacks the true quality to compete at the very highest level of the game, and that this is likely to be borne out over the course of the next season or two.
For others, however, Vardy’s decision to remain is something to be celebrated. Not only does it prove that loyalty still exists within the upper echelons of the game, but it also affords Vardy a chance to repay the faith that the club showed in him as a non-league player. He has also guaranteed himself first-team football next season, as looks to lead the Foxes’ title defence and maintain their position among the Premier League’s elite. If he had gone to Arsenal, it remains likely that he would have spent much of next season on the bench as part of a wider squad rotation.
Will Vardy Stay At Leicester?
Of course, it would be churlish to suggest that Vardy will definitely remain at Leicester beyond next season (or even the summer). Modern history is littered with players who have signed new contracts only to move on just weeks later, while Vardy could still face further offers in January or next summer if he enjoys another stellar season.
For now, however, it is fair to say that Vardy seems settled at the King Power Stadium and happy to continue his journey with the depending EPL champions.