Arsene Wenger has reacted to Jamie Vardy‘s decision to stay at Leicester city instead of moving to Arsenal saying Leicester city has made a statement ahead of the new season.
The Gunners had been hoping to secure the signing of the 29-year-old this summer after activating his £20m release clause.
But on Wednesday it was announced Vardy, who scored 24 times last season as Leicester were crowned Premier League champions, had agreed a new four years deal with the club and would sign the deal following the conclusion of Euro 2016.
“I think Leicester have made a statement and Vardy will stay. We were on the case and interested, but not more than that,” Wenger told beIN Sports.”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.”
Wenger also refused to rule out a move for Vardy’s Leicester team-mate N’Golo Kante, who is currently away on international duty with France at Euro 2016.
“It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment,” Wenger added. “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.
“If you ask 100 people in the street if they want Kante to play [for France] you will get 100 saying yes. He has done the job in one or two games and I am not surprised.I said two months ago this boy will play the whole European Championship. We know him well from Leicester now and I am not surprised that he is starting. He has been one of the revelations of the French team.”