Brendan Rodgers has denied Jamie Vardy turned down a transfer to Arsenal because he was worried about competition for places.
The 32-year-old came close to joining the Gunners in the summer of 2016 following his title-winning heroics but opted to remain at Leicester after agreeing a new deal.
Rodgers’ arrival at the King Power has reignited Vardy’s career with the former England international having scored 11 goals already this season and will be looking to improve on his phenomenal record against Arsenal on Saturday.
Vardy has scored eight goals in his last eight matches against Unai Emery’s side, including a brace in last season’s convincing 3-0 win which damaged Arsenal’s chances of a top four finish.
Victory for Leicester tomorrow will put them nine points clear of Arsenal in the race for the top four and Rodgers is delighted to be working with the most prolific striker in the country at present.
‘It won’t have been because of that, that he didn’t go to Arsenal,’ said Rodgers when asked if Vardy was concerned at the prospect of fighting for a place in Wenger’s side. ‘The one thing I know from Jamie Vardy is he is a team player who loves competition.
‘He is a competitor, I see it everyday.He has proven himself to be one of the top strikers in Europe for me. ‘It was probably a number of things – he was offered a good deal here, felt comfortable, stable here with his family at an incredible club.’