Brendan Rodgers opens up on why Leicester striker Jamie Vardy turned down switch to Arsenal

Brendan Rodgers says Jamie Vardy didn’t reject a transfer to Arsenal out of worry of the additional competitors for locations.

The striker has performed a serious function in Leicester’s wonderful begin to the season, and Vardy is at the moment the highest scorer within the Premier League with 10 objectives in 11 video games.

Leicester welcome Arsenal to the King Energy Stadium on Saturday, and will go 9 factors away from the Gunners with a victory.


Vardy is for certain to guide the road for the Foxes, however might have been beginning for Arsenal had he determined to maneuver to north London three years in the past.

The north London aspect had a bid accepted for the striker, however Vardy rejected the transfer. Talking on the time, the 32-year-old stated: “I need to win as a lot as potential, I do not need to solely have one Premier League medal in my drawer at dwelling – it could be an empty glass cupboard.

“I am contracted to Leicester and we are going to see how excessive we are able to go. Sooner or later, who is aware of?

“Simply because I turned down Arsenal, that was my alternative, but when one other supply got here in it could be the identical in that I’d have a look at it and work out the professionals and cons. However no, turning down Arsenal doesn’t suggest I would not have a look at one other supply.”

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Talking forward of the weekend’s conflict, Leicester boss Rodgers mirrored on the participant’s choice to not be a part of Arsenal when he had the possibility.

Rodgers stated: “The one factor I do know from Jamie Vardy is he’s a crew participant. It’s in regards to the crew. In fact he’s a high striker however he loves competitors. You see it day-after-day in our working time collectively.

“He’s the kind of man who’s confirmed himself all his life, all his profession, and he’s confirmed himself to be one of many high strikers in Europe. It wouldn’t have been due to that [fear of competition], that he didn’t go to Arsenal.

“There have been various issues: he was in all probability provided a very good deal right here, felt snug right here, secure right here, his household. It’s an unimaginable membership. Particularly with all of the paraphernalia across the Premier League. This can be a membership that’s pure in its group spirit, doesn’t get carried away with all of the stuff that the Premier League can convey and he’s the kind of man who may have loved that, being taken care of.”


Vardy shall be watching on throughout England’s upcoming qualifiers after retiring from worldwide responsibility, however Rodgers says the ahead can play on for a few years but.

“His [Vardy’s] greatest years shall be right here and if you happen to have a look at him now there are nonetheless a number of extra to go but,” Rodgers stated.

“He’s nonetheless so sharp, medical, match – he’ll be 33 in January however he takes care of his physique. Perhaps not having performed a lot early on in his profession goes to assist him on the again finish of his profession.

“Then what he needs to do in a number of years’ time, you by no means know, he would possibly need to play in a foreign country, which he might do. However hopefully he’s going to be right here for a lot of extra years.”

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