London - Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger appears ready to give up his pursuit of Leicester
City striker Jamie Vardy after saying on Sunday he believe the England
forward will stay with the Premier League champions.
"Jamie Vardy is, at the moment, at Leicester and from what I know, he
will stay at Leicester," Wenger said in an interview with Chinese TV.
Earlier this month, Arsenal were reported to have triggered a release
clause in Vardy's contract in a move worth around £20 million.
That sparked a counter-offer from Leicester, with the 29-year-old
Vardy having signed his most recent contract keeping him at the Midlands
club until 2019 in February.
Vardy scored 24 league goals as Leicester, 5 000/1 rank outsiders,
were crowned champions of England last season, finishing 10 points in
front of second-placed Arsenal, one of the Premier League's established
His club form saw Vardy force his way into England's squad for the
ongoing European Championships in France, where he scored in a 2-1
group-stage win over Wales on Thursday.
Vardy has been repeatedly non-committal about his club future while
on England duty and he is not expected to make an announcement until his
involvement at Euro 2016 has ended.
When asked ahead of England's Group B match against Slovakia on
Monday, if he had anything to add about his club prospects, Vardy said:
"No, nothing at all. I am just here completely focusing on England.
That's all that I want to do at the moment."