Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has stated it was quite easy to reject Arsenal, as both his head and heart told him to stay put.
After the England international helped Leicester win their first EPL title, Arsenal activated his £22 million release clause.
Instead, the striker opted to remain at the King Power Stadium and signed a new deal with the Foxes.
And Vardy, 29, says it was an easy decision to make.
“I was in a hotel room [in Chantilly] for so many hours of every day with nothing to do. You had a lot of time on your hands,” he told The Guardian.
“I am not going to beat around the bush – every time I thought about it, and every aspect of it I thought about, both my head and my heart were saying to stay at Leicester, which is why I made my decision to stay.
“There were loads of reasons. You get that much time to think about, every single thing down to the tea lady. You think about what might happen, what might not. Where you could be, where not. Every time I thought about every little thing, though, both head and heart were saying ‘you need to stay’.
“I could see people’s point when they assumed I would go, but, deep down, if you don’t think it’s right for you, you don’t do it. It’s as simple as that.
“In my professional life, it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I haven’t been a professional for that long. It was hard, but it was actually an easy decision to make.”