Arsene Wenger has ruled Arsenal out of being able to sign England striker Jamie Vardy from Premier League champions Leicester City this summer.
The Gunners had tabled a large offer for Vardy before he headed off to the European Championship finals, with the frontman having not given a definite answer before he flew out to France.
Jamie Vardy is at the moment at Leicester and on what I know he will stay at Leicester.Arsene Wenger
And Wenger believes that he will be disappointed in his efforts to land Vardy, as he told Desports: “Jamie Vardy is at the moment at Leicester and on what I know he will stay at Leicester.”
Vardy netted 24 goals in the Premier League last season as the Foxes clinched a stunning title success, eventually finishing ten points clear of the chasing pack.
He joined Leicester in the summer of 2012 from Fleetwood Town, helping the East Midlanders to the Championship title in May 2014 and two years later being pivotal in securing a first-ever top-flight crown.
And City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha had already spoken of his belief that Vardy would be going nowhere before next season, with Leicester determined to try and keep their title-winning squad largely intact.
He told the Daily Mail: “You will see the news very soon, but I think he will stay.
“I think so, let’s see. We need to build the team. We keep continuing to believe that we can do something special in the Premier League and the Champions League.
“The Champions League is going to be amazing for Leicester. Leicester is the underdog and we can still be the underdog.”
Leicester can be backed at 28/1 to retain their Premier League crown next season, while they are 100/1 to win the Champions League at their first attempt.