Jamie Vardy has no regrets over turning down Arsenal move to stay at Leicester City

Chris Hatherall
Striking Call | Vardy turned down a move to north London last summer to remain at Leicester: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Jamie Vardy has no regrets he turned down Arsenal despite seeing his fairytale rise to fame collapse since saying no to Arsene Wenger.

Vardy is tipped to lead the line when England face Germany in a friendly international in Dortmund on Wednesday having finally found form since snubbing the Gunners in June 2016 to stay at Leicester instead.

That decision was followed by a miserable Euro 2016 in which England were knocked out by Iceland – and by a disastrous start to the new Premier League campaign too.

The striker scored only two league goals between August and December and was then blamed by some for contributing to the sacking of championship-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.

Vardy claims the story line has left him as one of the most hated players in English football and seen his family threatened.

But despite all that, he is adamant he has never regretted choosing Leicester above Arsenal.

“If I’d played like that I would have been in the same situation there, so no. No, not at all,” he said.

“The main thing was not to let it get you down. That is the worst thing – then you will just never want to go on the pitch again. So you just have to keep working hard.

“If you keep working at the things that worked well in the past there is a point where they will come around and start working for you again.

“It was hard but that has started to happen. We have started to pick the wins up and dragged ourselves away from the relegation zone.”

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