Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy says he “will never regret” turning down Arsenal to stay at the King Power Stadium last summer.
Arsenal tried to sign Vardy in the summer of 2016 after his 24 goals helped Leicester win the Premier League title. Despite activating his release clause, the 30-year-old decided to reject the Gunners and stay in the Midlands, a decision he says he doesn’t regret at all.
“I want to win as much as possible, I don’t want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home – it would be an empty glass cabinet,” Vardy told the Telegraph. “I want to win as much as possible. I’m contracted to Leicester and we will see how high we can go. In the future, who knows?”
“It was my choice to turn Arsenal down. But if another offer came in, it would be the same in that I would look at it and work out the pros and cons. But, no, turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer. I’ll never regret anything I’ve chosen to do.
“It was just coming up with the positives and negatives, and I came up with a decision and I’m pleased with the decision I made. They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years or something, until last year.
“That was something to think about. But Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico Madrid we could have gone even further.”
The season after he rejected us, Leicester slid down the table and Vardy had a much worse season. Arsenal would go on to win the FA Cup, but would finish outside the top-four of the Premier League for the first time in 20 years.
Vardy is clearly very loyal to Leicester after they gave him the opportunity to play in the Premier League. That he felt there were more pros playing for the Foxes than there would be playing for Arsenal says a lot about how attractive we are as a destination these days.
Arsenal went on to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, something they might not have been able to do had they signed Vardy. Things have a funny way of working out.