Leicester chief confident of keeping Arsenal target Vardy

Date published: Saturday 18th June 2016 11:01

Jamie Vardy: Set to reject Arsenal

Leicester remain hopeful of keeping striker Jamie Vardy away from Arsenal, according to vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha.

Vardy scored 24 Premier League goals last season for the surprise champions, one behind golden boot winner Harry Kane to earn a place with England at Euro 2016, where he grabbed a vital equaliser as a substitute in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Wales.

That has seen him linked with Arsenal, who have reportedly made a £20million bid for the 29-year-old, though his future plans remain on hold while he focuses on the tournament.

But Srivaddhanaprabha told the Daily Mail: “You will see the news very soon, but I think he will stay.

“I think so, let’s see. We need to build the team. We keep continuing to believe that we can do something special in the Premier League and the Champions League.

“The Champions League is going to be amazing for Leicester, so let’s see. Leicester is the underdog and we can still be the underdog.”

Srivaddhanaprabha admits he is still “pinching himself” over the team’s achievements under manager Claudio Ranieri, with whom he enjoys a close relationship.

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“We talk a lot. We are like family,” he said of the charismatic Italian.

“I cannot compare myself to another owner but the best thing is we love sport. The first day we talked to the team and we showed that we are doing something we love and that we can succeed.

“I think everyone in Leicester is still pinching themselves. Even the players and staff. Now the season is finished and we have to move on.”

Reports a couple of weeks ago suggested that Vardy was set to turn down a move to the capital, while former Arsenal player Ray Parlour last week claimed that the Gunners’ attempts to sign the England player had collapsed.

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