Foxes great: "The longer it went on the more obvious it became that he wasn't going to sign

Former Arsenal and Leicester City striker Alan Smith reckons Jamie Vardy joining the Gunners would have helped improve his game.

The England international, whose release clause was triggered by Arsene Wenger's side few weeks ago, snubbed a move to the Emirates in favour of a new four-year deal that will keep him at the King Power stadium.

On Thursday the Foxes broke the news Vardy will signed the deal when he returns from international duty and Smith, who moved to Highbury from Leicester back in 1987, doesn't think the striker made the right decision.

"The longer it went one the more obvious it became that he wasn't going to sign for Arsenal, but he clearly feels he's got everything he needs at Leicester," Smith told Sky Sports News HQ.

"They are already champions, in the Champions League, he's got an improved contract so the money side of things isn't such a big issue and maybe he thought 'I'm not going to be first choice at Arsenal, would their style of play suit me? The grass isn't already greener and maybe I should stick with what I know and a club where I enjoy my football?'

"I think you should push yourself though and if he'd gone to Arsenal he would have been training - with no disrespect to Leicester - with better players, higher quality players and that improves you as a footballer. Maybe he's thinking, I'm with England anyway, I'm achieving all my ambitions as a Leicester player, so why move?"


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