Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has revealed that he is looking forward to starting the new Premier League season without any speculation surrounding his future.
The England forward was very close to joining Arsenal this summer, after his £20m release clause was triggered by the Gunners.
Vardy’s goals played a large part in Leicester’s stunning title success last season. He found the net 24 times.
“I had total faith in my agent and the club to sort things out, which left me free to completely focus on England and trying to help the team,” he told the club’s official website.
“We’d have liked to have gone further in the tournament, but it wasn’t to be and we’ll have to make sure we learn from the experience.
“It’s nice to be coming into pre-season without the distraction of any speculation. My future’s decided – I’m a Leicester City player and I’m absolutely delighted with that.
“This club’s been fantastic for me and now I’ve got to knuckle down again to keep helping to move it forward. I’m grateful to the manager, the owners, my teammates and the fans for the support they’ve always given me.
“What we achieved last season was beyond what anyone could have imagined, but we’ve got to go again. There’s nothing to fear. We’re defending the title and we’ve got the Champions League to look forward to, so we want to make sure we do ourselves justice.
“The next few years could be really exciting for this club. We all want to build on last season’s success and I’m delighted that I’ll be part of it.”
The Foxes start their title defence with a trip to newly-promoted Hull City on 13 August.
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75