Vardy: Why I chose Arsenal over Leicester City
Leicester City’s man of the hour Jamie Vardy says he chose the Foxes over Arsenal because, he still has unfinished business at King Power stadium.
Arsenal were determined to sign the talented highest goal scorer from last season, even going as far as triggering his release clause as rumors continued to link Vardy to Arsenal. To everyone’s shock, he turned down the offer from Arsenal and chose to sign a contract extension with the Foxes instead.
“[Turning down Arsenal] wasn’t that big when I think about it. It was quite easy and this is where I want to be,” Vardy told Sky Sports.
“I was away with England so [a move to Arsenal wasn’t close]. No [I didn’t speak to them.] There’s a lot of unfinished business here. I feel that the club is only going one way and that is forward, that’s why I want to be a part of it.”
Vardy’s teammate Riyad Mahrez, who has been heavily linked to Arsenal and other top clubs as well, but the 28-year old hopes he follows in his footsteps and stays put at the King Power Stadium.
“I think everyone in the squad would want him here, playing with us,” Vardy added. “But that’s nothing to do with us and it’s down to Riyad and the club to sort.”
“No quality players to sign” – Wenger laments!
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says there isn’t an array of quality players to choose from and he will not buy players just for the sake of it.
Reports claim Wenger is looking to sign a defender to replace Per Mertesacker but there have been no rumors linking Arsenal to any defenders recently.
Wenger who has already made 3 signings so far, says he will only sign more players if necessary.
“I buy players that I feel can strengthen our team. Today you have to be very strong inside the club when you are responsible, not just to buy [for the sake of it],” he said. “There’s always a wave of opinions. I must say people are better informed today – they know all the players.
“They tell you always that you should buy but when you ask them who to buy, they become much shorter. If you look at the market in Europe, there’s a lot of money available but not many players who really strengthen the teams. If you look at the teams that spend the most money in Europe, they’re not necessarily the teams that won the championships.
“The global investment of the clubs around us didn’t stop Leicester winning the championship.”
West Ham targets Swansea’s Andre Ayew
West Ham have launched £20m bid for Swansea City’s striker Andre Ayew.
The Hammers are keen on singing a quality striker and recently missed out on signing Michy Batshuayi, as Chelsea beat them to the talented striker from Lyon.
In the wake of this, Slaven Billics side are said to have launched the bid for the 26-year old in the last 24 hours, as they await a response from the club.
According to Goal, the Hammers have already come to an agreement with Ayew, all that is left is for them to come to do is to negotiate with Swansea, as they hope to seal the deal this week.
Djokovic defeats Nishikori to win Rogers Cup
Novak Djokovic convincingly defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori, to win Rogers Cup, his seventh title this year.
Djokovic, who lost out on Wimbledon, defeated the Japanese by 6-3 7-5 as he beat Nishikori for the ninth successive time.
The 29-year old World Number one is set to represent Serbia in Rio 2016 and has expressed his delight at being given the opportunity to represent his country.
“I don’t need to explain that every athlete dreams of being a part of the Olympic Games,” he said. “I’m competing in singles and doubles. Hopefully I’ll get at least one medal.”
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan