Ahead of the cracking Premier League fixture between Leicester City and Arsenal at the King Power Stadium this Saturday, Foxes’ boss Brendan Rodgers has thrown more light on why Jamie Vardy turned down a move to Arsenal.
The Gunners visit the King Power on Saturday to boost their top-four chances by closing a six-point gap on Leicester City who currently sit third on the Premier League log and are on course for a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Leicester City are currently being spearheaded by an in-form Jamie Vardy who is currently the top scorer in the Premier League with 10 goals in 11 games. However, things would have been different if he had made the move to the Emirates some seasons back.
Arsenal had a bid reportedly accepted by the Foxes for Vardy after he played his part in a shock Premier League triumph for the Foxes in 2016. However, the England man, now 32, turned down the move and will be looking to prove he made the right decision by helping his side to increase the points gap on the Gunners.
Speaking ahead of the game, Leicester boss, Brendan Rodgers, reflected on the player’s decision to stay put at the King Power.
“The one thing I know from Jamie Vardy is he’s a team player,” said Rodgers, per Football.london .
“It’s about the team. Of course he’s a top striker but he loves competition. You see it every day in our working time together.”
He went on to dismiss claims that Vardy turned down the move because he was afraid of the competition at the Emirates.
“He’s the type of guy who’s proven himself all his life, all his career, and he’s proven himself to be one of the top strikers in Europe.
“It wouldn’t have been because of that, that he didn’t go to Arsenal.
“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.”