Wenger says Arsenal respect Vardy's decision to stay at Leicester

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no hard feelings after England striker Jamie Vardy signed a new contract with Premier League champions Leicester City rather than moving to the London club.

Vardy, who signed a four-year contract extension with the Foxes on Thursday, scored 24 league goals to help propel Claudio Ranieri's side to a fairytale title win four years after joining Leicester from non-league Fleetwood Town.

Vardy was strongly linked with Arsenal who were reported to have triggered the release cause in his contract and offered better personal terms than Leicester, said British media.

With Kante having been impressive for France at Euro 2016, Wenger refused to rule out a move for the combative midfielder.

"It is very difficult to talk about that at the moment. Kante is on the list of many clubs. It is an area where we have many players. We will see what happens in the next two or three weeks," Wenger said.

"It looks like Leicester have bought a player from Nice (Nampalys Mendy) with similar qualities to Kante, so whether they envisage to lose him or not I don't know."