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Andy King not worried by potential Jamie Vardy exit from Leicester

Wales midfielder Andy King says the strong team bond at Leicester will not be damaged should Jamie Vardy decide to join Arsenal.

England striker Vardy left for Euro 2016 in France on Monday with his club future still very much up in the air.

The Football Writers' Player of the Year is still considering a £20million move to Arsenal, with Premier League champions Leicester reportedly set to make Vardy a new contract offer to keep him at the King Power Stadium.

Vardy scored 24 league goals last season as 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester won the title, and his departure would be a huge blow ahead of the club's Champions League debut.

"I wasn't surprised when I heard about Vards because all of our players have had brilliant seasons and are going to be linked with big clubs," said Foxes midfielder King, who is currently with the Wales squad at their Brittany base.

"For Leicester it is going to be a summer of speculation of incomings and out-goings.

"Nothing has happened yet and it will probably be a long transfer window.

"But I don't think it will affect the squad. It is 25 players in a squad and, if one or two decide they want to go and play their football elsewhere, we wish them all the best.

"We want to keep our best players and hopefully add to that."

King said the entire Leicester squad wanted Vardy to stay following their historic campaign.

But should Vardy leave it might increase speculation that other Leicester players, among them Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante, could see their own futures elsewhere.

"We want all our best players to stay and try and build from there," said King.

"But what he (Vardy) decides to do is up to him.

"We have a tournament and I am really focused on Wales now. I will deal with Leicester when I get back, but for the next five or six weeks it is about Wales and what we can hopefully do in the tournament."

Wales suffered a pre-Euro 2016 blow on Sunday when they slumped to a 3-0 defeat in their final warm-up game in Sweden.

In mitigation, however, Wales were without injured trio Joe Allen, Joe Ledley and Hal Robson-Kanu.

And star man Gareth Bale was only given 26 minutes as a substitute as he was protected ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 opener against Slovakia.

"It wasn't the result we wanted at all going into the tournament, but we got 90 minutes into our legs and we will learn from that," said King.

"If you go and win the game 2-0 everyone says, 'oh, you are going to win the tournament'.

"So to lose we can really sit down and use the match fitness and go from there.

"Without doing any disrespect to the friendlies, we won the games when it mattered, and hopefully that will be the case at the end of the tournament.

"There is no denying we are a much better team when Baley plays, so it means we can go into the tournament full strength and we are raring to go."


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