Jamie Vardy says he never considered a transfer to Arsenal

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When the Gunners triggered Jamie Vardy‘s release clause with a $26 million bid, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the 29-year-old would jump at the chance to play for a perennial Champions League participant.

Not even close, says the man himself.

According to Vardy, it was “quite easy” to turn down the Gunners’ offer and remain at King Power Stadium for a go at defending his Premier League crown.

“It’s not been put out there that I have always said the boys, the close-knit brotherhood, is unbelievable and for me, there’s a lot of unfinished business here,” Vardy told Sky Sports. “I feel that the club is only going one way and that is forward, that’s why I want to be a part of it. [The decision] wasn’t that big when I think about it. It was quite easy and this is where I want to be.”

Vardy also hopes that his “easy” decision helps Riyad Mahrez make his own, as the Algerian winger is also closely linked with a move to Arsenal.

“I think everyone in the squad would want him here, playing with us, but that’s nothing to do with us and it’s down to Riyad and the club to sort out,” Vardy said.