Shinji Okazaki confirmed Wednesday he will stay at Leicester City until his contract expires at the end of this season after a potential move to another Premier League team failed to eventuate.
"There were various talks, but in the end, it didn't happen," said Japanese forward Okazaki, who has reportedly been approached by multiple Premier League clubs, including bottom-place Huddersfield, after having his playing time drastically cut by Leicester manager Claude Puel.
"I'll fight for my chances at Leicester for six more months," he said.
Okazaki, a member of Japan's past three World Cup squads, was omitted from Hajime Moriyasu's team for the ongoing Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The Samurai Blue will aim for an unprecedented fifth continental title in Friday's final against Qatar.
A premiership winner with the Foxes in 2016, Okazaki previously said he was willing to make a move if it would improve his chance of making the Japan squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The 32-year-old, who joined Leicester from German side Mainz in 2015, has only started one league game this season.
"There were a number of clubs that showed interest in me. I'll use that as a confidence boost and only think about delivering results (for now)," Okazaki said.
In Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, Okazaki came off the bench in the 84th minute to make his first league appearance in nearly a month.
"I have been distracted since I started thinking I want to go (to another club) in December. I have to admit I was being immature. My qualifications as a forward don't mean much if I can't score a single goal in a season. I want to get that one goal," he said.