By Tony Hughes
Jamie Vardy spent hours in his hotel bedroom while on England duty this summer, pondering a move to Arsenal before deciding to stay with Leicester, the striker has revealed.
Talking to The Sun, Vardy explains what was going through his mind as he was making what will probably be the biggest decision of his career.
The 29-year-old was wanted by Arsenal after the north London club had reportedly triggered Vardy’s release clause and offered him a £120,000 a week four-year deal.
“I was in a hotel room for many hours of every day with nothing to do,” said Vardy.
“You get that much time to think about every single thing.
“You think about what might happen, what might not, where you could be, where not.
“I won’t beat around the bush. Every time I thought about it — and every aspect of it I thought about — both my head and my heart were saying, ‘You need to stay’.”
Vardy even bumped into Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – on TV duty in France – before and after he made the decision to stay with Leicester.
“It wasn’t awkward,” said Vardy. “It was just a simple ‘hello, are you okay?’ That kind of thing.”
In the end, Vardy decided that he wanted to see where Leicester could go after their amazing 2015/16 Premier League win.
“Leicester have been on the rise and will keep doing that. You can see from transfer deadline day they want to keep it going. If it does keep going, I want to be part of that.”
The decision meant that Arsenal’s quest for a new striker dragged through until deadline week, when the club finally announced that they had signed Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez.
Perez wasn’t officially announced by the club until the day before transfer deadline.
The 27-year-old will be available for Arsenal’s next Premier League match, at home to Southampton on 10 September.
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