There has been untold speculation about why Jamie Vardy has not made a public decision on joining Arsenal next season, ranging from pressure from the England boss Roy Hodgson, to the fact that his new wife Becky was receiving abuse from Leicester fans after it was revealed that Arsenal had met his buyout clause.
But according to the Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri, the reason Vardy did not make an announcement before the Euros was simply that he has not yet decided to accept or not. ‘We want to keep him, Arsenal have said they will pay the full release clause, but he hasn’t accepted yet,’ Ranieri told Sky Italia.
‘He gets the last word.’
But of course that doesn’t mean that Vardy himself does not know what his final decision will be. He will now have time to consider Leicester’s counter-offer to waylay Arsenal’s move, and of course Arsenal may not be the only club that has agreed to meet the buyout clause, and he could be mulling over other offers too….
The word from the England camp was that he was leaning towards staying at the King Power, but there are definitely other aspects that the 29 year old will be considering as well, as in if he would want to spend more time away from his family only a few months after getting married, or even the upheaval of moving his new wife and teenage children away to a new life in London.
I, personally, think that the 29 year-old will say yes to Arsenal in the end, but us Gooners need to be fair and understand that it is not such a simple YES or NO decision as we would think it is. There is much for him to think about before such a big change in him and his family’s life, and we should respect his need to have time to think about it…..