Leicester City’s Andy king not worried by Jamie Vardy’s potential Arsenal transfer: ‘What he decides is up to him’

7 Jun

Wales midfielder Andy King says the strong team bond at Leicester will not be damaged should Jamie Vardy decide to join Arsenal.


England striker Vardy left for Euro 2016 in France on Monday with his club future still very much up in the air.

The Football Writers’ Player of the Year is still considering a £20million move to Arsenal, with Premier League champions Leicester reportedly set to make Vardy a new contract offer to keep him at the King Power Stadium.

Vardy scored 24 league goals last season as 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester won the title, and his departure would be a huge blow ahead of the club’s Champions League debut.

“I wasn’t surprised when I heard about Vards because all of our players have had brilliant seasons and are going to be linked with big clubs,” said Foxes midfielder King, who is currently with the Wales squad at their Brittany base.

“For Leicester it is going to be a summer of speculation of incomings and out-goings.

“Nothing has happened yet and it will probably be a long transfer window.

“But I don’t think it will affect the squad. It is 25 players in a squad and, if one or two decide they want to go and play their football elsewhere, we wish them all the best.

“We want to keep our best players and hopefully add to that.”

King said the entire Leicester squad wanted Vardy to stay following their historic campaign.

But should Vardy leave it might increase speculation that other Leicester players, among them Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, could see their own futures elsewhere.

“We want all our best players to stay and try and build from there,” said King.

“But what he (Vardy) decides to do is up to him.

“We have a tournament and I am really focused on Wales now. I will deal with Leicester when I get back, but for the next five or six weeks it is about Wales and what we can hopefully do in the tournament.”

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