Leicester City: Will Jamie Vardy Regret Arsenal Snub?

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Jamie Vardy at King Power Stadium, Leicester, May 7. Vardy may regret his decision not to leave Leicester City. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty

It's been less than a month since Jamie Vardy committed his future to Leicester City and snubbed a switch to Arsenal.

In that time, N'Golo Kante has gone to Chelsea , Riyad Mahrez's future has been cast into doubt and the man who discovered the trio, Steve Walsh, appears to be heading for the exit door.

The question, inevitably, will be whether Vardy will regret his decision by the time the new Premier League season begins.

Manager Claudio Ranieri remains characteristically upbeat, however. After the champions' first pre-season match against Oxford United on Tuesday, the Italian said : "Signing Vardy was huge and Mahrez will be the same. Not only Mahrez, everybody."

Vardy's three-year deal was followed by Leicester captain Wes Morgan committing his future to the club with a new contract.

But Kante's absence will be felt at the King Power Stadium when the new Premier League season begins on August 13. The industrious midfielder was a key component in Ranieri's remarkable side last season.

The Frenchman's departure may not hurt the future of the club quite as much as the man who brought him to the East Midlands, though.

Walsh, head of recruitment and assistant manager, is set to move to Everton to work alongside new manager Ronald Koeman.

He is credited with finding Vardy, who was signed by the club for £1 million; Mahrez, who Leicester paid £350,000 for, but is now valued at £45 million ($59 million); and Kante, who just left the club for £30 million ($39 million) having arrived for £5.6 million ($7.4 million) a year ago.

A positive sign for Leicester is that new arrival Ahmed Musa impressed in his first outing for the club against Oxford, with the player being compared to Vardy in style.

Walsh's replacement will be tasked with finding another Kante ahead of the new season.