The Football Association says it was not impressed with the actions of Jamie Vardy when they were in the camp for the Euro 2016 before they were knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16.
They claim they were impressed when the player said he would solely focus on the tournament, especially with the huge task they had to prosecute. However, the Leicester City forward rejected the offer from Arsenal to remain at his club.
The player’s 24 goals, which were the second highest in the Premier League behind Harry Kane’s 25, were hugely responsible for the club’s success in the last campaign. Leicester City had placed a release clause of £22m but the Gunners triggered the clause and were hoping he would give a response before he left for the games in France.
The player, much to the admiration of the FA, said he couldn’t as he was focusing solely on the tournament. So it was a bit surprising when the England international decided to break his word and reject the offer even when the team was in camp and battling poor performances. The Three Lions were touted to top the group but they fell to a surprise second place in the group standings. They were eventually dumped 2-1 by Iceland despite going up first in the encounter.
The FA banned agents from the hotel in France to avoid distractions as many of the players in the star-studded team were in the midst of huge transfer links to other clubs. Vardy was even given leave just before the tournament as he was to get married and he promised in return to delay the decision over his future until the tournament was completed. Even though Arsenal was prepared to offer close to £125,000 a week, he signed the new deal with the club which raised his weekly wages to £100,000 from the previous £70,000. Arsenal might also likely lose Alvaro Morata to Chelsea as Madrid are alleged to have opened talks with Stamford Bridge for the Spaniard.