Jamie Vardy Didn't Sign For Arsenal Because He Saw Their "Little Downfall" Coming. Also Calls Himself A Psychic

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Back in the heady days of summer 2K16, when transfer fees had about five less zeros than they do now, Arsenal were on the verge of paying £20 million for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

He'd just come off the back of a miraculous Premier League-winning campaign in which he'd scored 24 goals, and the in-demand striker gave serious thought to a London move.

In the end he opted to stay at Leicester – and the 30 year-old puts his decision down to mystical powers. He told the Independent:

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"I'm a bit of a psychic, I could see the little downfall they are on now.

"They had qualified for the Champions League for the last 20 years until last year. That was something to think about.

"Leicester were also in the Champions League and on a different night at home against Atletico (Madrid) we could have gone even further.

According to Vardy, it was also the stress of hiring a moving van played on his mind.

"Football was the main thing but moving the family when I'd just bought a house would have been a laugh - not."

That's not to say that he has ruled out a move altogether. He's already discussed the possibility of moving to the US or China later on his career, but he'd also entertain a transfer in the near future.

"I want to win as much as possible, I don't want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home - it would be an empty glass cabinet," Vardy said.

"I'm contracted to Leicester and we will see how high we can go. In the future, who knows?

"Just because I turned down Arsenal, that was my choice, but if another offer came in it would be the same in that I would look at it and work out the pros and cons.

"But no, turning down Arsenal doesn't mean I wouldn't look at another offer."