Brendan Rodgers reveals reasons why Premier League No.9 turned down Arsenal transfer

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Brendan Rodgers has refused Jamie Vardy turned down a transfer to Arsenal because he was concerned about competition for places.

The 32-year-old came close to signing the Gunners in the summer of 2016 following his title-winning heroes but opted to remain at Leicester after accepting a new agreement.

Rodgers’ arrival at the King Power has reignited Vardy’s career with the former England international having netted 11 goals already this campaign and will be looking to increase on his phenomenal record versus Arsenal on Saturday.

Vardy has netted eight goals in his latest eight games against the Gunners, including a brace in last season’s convincing 3-0 win which broke Arsenal’s possibilities of a top four finish.

Victory for Leicester tomorrow will put them nine points clear of Unai Emery’s side in the race for the top four and Rodgers is pleased to be working with the most productive striker in the country at present.

‘It won’t have been because of that, that he didn’t go to Arsenal,’ said Rodgers when asked if Vardy was concerned at the prospect of fighting for a place in Wenger’s side.

‘The one thing I know from Jamie Vardy is he is a team player who loves competition.

‘He is a competitor, I see it everyday.He has proven himself to be one of the top strikers in Europe for me.

‘It was probably a number of things – he was offered a good deal here, felt comfortable, stable here with his family at an incredible club.’