Arsene Wenger says he respects the decision of Jamie Vardy to turn down a move to Arsenal and stay at Leicester.
The England international has shown that there is loyalty in football which is in no way related to his second massive pay-rise in a matter of months, and Arsenal’s search for a striker continues.
Speaking to beIN Sports, the Arsenal manager said, “I think Leicester have made a statement and Vardy will stay. We were on the case and interested, but not more than that.
“He has decided to stay at Leicester and good luck to him. He came late to the game and in fairness Leicester bought him from Fleetwood and he has been successful. He is 29 and he has chosen to stay at Leicester.
“You have to respect that.”
Sky Sports say that one of Vardy’s reservations about the Arsenal move was that he got no assurance from Wenger that he wouldn’t be played out of position – perhaps used on the right or left of a forward trio. Diddums.
Wenger was also asked about his teammate N’Golo Kante, impressive in his first Premier League campaign last season.
“It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment,” he said. “Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players.
“We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks. It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice [Nampalys Mendy] with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don’t know.”
We suspect he does know, and it wouldn’t surprise us at all if he was interested in him, even with the addition of Granit Xhaka.
It’s not the first time the Frenchman has bigged up the quality of Kante either, so if he has his beady on him it would be fairly typical. I actually had a dream the other night we signed Kante, but after we bought him he turned into a dog and Arsene Wenger was furious at Leicester.
Literally being sold a pup, I guess.