Roy Hodgson says he isn’t looking to block the transfer process for England squad members but has called on all 23 men, including Jamie Vardy, to focus on their EURO 2016 campaign now that they’ve arrived in France.
Vardy, the subject of a £20 million bid from Arsenal, is yet to decide whether he’ll leave Leicester and arrived in France with speculation about his future still making headlines back home.
For the Gunners to complete a deal before the tournament kicks-off on Friday, it looks as though they’ll have to ask the England set-up permission to put Vardy through a medical – a request that Hodgson says he’s within his rights to deny.
“We are not trying to block players’ futures or transfers but, as far as we are concerned, our ongoing theme is that England is England, your club is your club,” said Hodgson on arrival at his side’s training base in Chantilly. “While you are with England, we want you to stay focused on us.
“While you are with England, we want you to stay focused on us.
“Whether agents come to the hotel or not is a moot point. They will be talking to the players face to face, on the phone or via Skype or Facebook. Who the hell knows?
“But one thing this group of players know and have accepted is that when you are on England duty, you are on England duty. It is not a question of you sorting out your future, or diving off for medicals.
“We control all of that and you have to accept there is a good chance that if you say you want to go for a medical that we will say, “we are not allowing that and you better bring your people here.
“We can facilitate, we are not trying to block players’ futures or transfers but, as far as we are concerned, our ongoing theme is that England is England, your club is your club.
“While you are with England we want you to stay focused on us.”
It had looked like Arsenal were on the verge of a swift and clean deal for Vardy when news broke on Friday evening. It now appears this transfer ‘saga’ has a few more twists and turns before it reaches a conclusion.