Premier League champions Leicester City are hopeful striker Jamie Vardy will reject any potential suitors and stay with the Foxes this summer, according to vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha.
England frontman Vardy scored 24 Premier League goals last season, just one behind golden boot winner Harry Kane, to earn a place in the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 squad.
And he’s proved a hit in international level too, having grabbed a vital equaliser in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Wales.
His dazzling goalscoring form for club and country has seen him linked with Arsenal, who have reportedly made a £20million bid for the 29-year-old.
Vardy recently insisted to press that his future plans remain on hold while he focuses on the tournament, but Srivaddhanaprabha is confident he will still be in blue next season.
“You will see the news very soon, but I think he will stay,” the son of Foxes chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha told the Daily Mail.
“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.”
The Thai businessman also admitted he is still “pinching himself” over the team’s achievements under manager Claudio Ranieri, with whom he enjoys a close relationship.
“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.”
The Foxes begin their title defence away to Championship play-off winners Hull on August 13.