Belfast Telegraph

FA chiefs are left red-faced after news of Jamie Vardy's new Leicester deal

Jamie Vardy has angered senior figures at the Football Association by allowing Leicester City to announce he has rejected a move to Arsenal after agreeing a new four-year contract with the Premier League champions, despite claiming to be fully focused on England's Euro 2016 campaign.

Vardy, 29, will sign his new contract the King Power Stadium when he returns to the club following his involvement with England in France.

In a carefully-worded statement issued yesterday, Leicester revealed they had 'agreed with the representatives of Jamie Vardy to extend the England international's contract with the Premier League champions for a further four years.

The statement added that 'Jamie will continue to focus all of his efforts on trying to achieve success with the England team at the European Championships in France.'

The development came as a surprise to the FA hierarchy on Wednesday evening.

Leicester's announcement has been regarded as an unnecessary distraction by the England camp ahead of their last 16 clash.

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