Vardy explains why he chose to stay at Leicester amid interest from Arsenal

England's Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford

Arsenal activated Jamie Vardy's release clause in his contract with Leicester City last month, but the striker chose to stay with the Foxes.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leicester City

Leicester City striker and England international Jamie Vardy has spoken out regarding the reasons behind him staying with the Foxes, as reported by The Sun.

The 29-year-old's future was the subject of intense speculation while he was away with the Three Lions on Euro 2016 duty, but he eventually decided to commit to the Premier League champions by signing a new £100,000 per week contract with the club (Daily Mail), and he explained his decision when speaking to The Sun.

"I’ve always said the brotherhood at Leicester is unbelievable," he said. "Personally I feel I have a lot of unfinished business here. It wasn’t that big a decision, it was quite easy, this is where I wanted to be.”

Leicester's Jamie Vardy reacts

The former Fleetwood Town man went on to admit that he did not even have any contact with the Gunners, contrary to popular belief,

"I was away with England," he added. "No I never spoke with them.”

Vardy's incredible 2015/16 campaign was a main contributing factor towards Leicester's magnificent Premier League title winning season. He managed 24 league goals in 36 outings for the Foxes as he tormented some of the best defences up and down the country all season long.

He will be hoping for more of the same this term, but with the loss of N'Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez's future at the club up in the air, it will be a huge ask for the East Midlands club to repeat their heroics of last year's campaign.

Leicester's Jamie Vardy at the end of the match

Vardy spoke of his wish for Mahrez to stay at the King Power Stadium, but insisted it is solely down to the club and the Algerian to decide what happens.

"I think everyone in the squad would want him here playing with us," he said. "But it’s nothing to do with us, it’s up to Riyad and the club to deal with.”

Manager Claudio Ranieri has bolstered his squad with plenty of new signings including Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa, and who would bet against either of them being anything but a huge success in the Premier League?

England's Jamie Vardy

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