Official: Jamie Vardy signs new deal with Leicester City
The 29-year-old was a target for Arsenal over the last month
English striker Jamie Vardy has penned a new deal with the Premier League champions Leicester City. The 29-year-old striker had a blistering season scoring 23 goals in the league, missing out on the golden boot by a single goal to Tottenham striker Harry Kane
Vardy broke a long-standing record in the league by scoring in 11 consecutive games, beating Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of 10 consecutive games. The forward was the subject of transfer speculation over the last two months.
Arsenal had triggered Jamie Vardy’s release clause of £20 million, the same was confirmed by Claudio Ranieri. The Gunners were in desperate need of firepower up front after they fell 10 points short of the title last campaign.
Vardy was the solution Wenger turned to but he himself admitted a few days earlier that the forward was set to deny the Gunners. Now he has signed a new four-year deal which will keep him until at the King Power until 2020.
The club released a statement on their official website lcfc.com:
Both parties hope that this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie’s future and confirm his long term commitment to Leicester City Football Club.Jamie will continue to focus all of his efforts on trying to achieve success with the England team at the European Championships in France. There will be no further comment from either the Club or the player on this matter until the conclusion of the tournament.
The deal was agreed upon today and it is great news for the club. Wenger will now look to other options to fill the void upfront but for Leicester, they have taken a big step towards building their squad for next season.
Vardy is currently on international duty with England. He scored the equalizing goal against Wales in their 2-1 win over their rivals. England have qualified for the round of 16 and will face Iceland on Monday night.