Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has once more reiterated that Riyad Mahrez will not be leaving Leicester this summer, despite reported interest from Arsenal, stating the situation is not the same as the N’Golo Kante exit.
“It is normal others want Riyad and other players, but we must focus on the job,” the Italian is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo as he addressed the media on Friday.
“I speak with him a lot and I hope this will help him. The chairman told me at the beginning, when we spoke, that we want to keep everybody. Kante had a clause and wanted to go, but the others stay with us.”
A few days ago Leicester City co-owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha announced that Arsenal’s top-priority target this summer Riyad Mahrez is not for sell. His message was a bizarre one!
With rumours mounting over the Algerian’s future, the 59-year-old posted a cheeky Instagram picture with the winger, saying that the PFA Player of the Year isn’t going anywhere.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Algerian forward this summer, after his outstanding performances helped fire the Foxes to the Premier League title last season.
Last season, Mahrez managed 17 goals and 10 assists in 37 top flight games, and he could be the second Leicester player who the north Londoners have failed to sign if he stays at the King Power stadium – after Jamie Vardy.
Leicester, however, remains keen to tie down Mahrez to a new contract, with the club’s owner ready to offer the 25-year-old £100,000 per week.
Despite Mahrez allegedly saying he wants to go to Arsenal, there is, as yet, no agreement between Leicester and the Gunners.
Ranieri admitted at the weekend Mahrez has been distracted heavily by the rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal.
The prospect of an attacking trio of Sanchez and Mahrez either side of Mesut Ozil has to be an alluring one for Arsenal fans. They are three of the Premier League’s best, with a proven history of creativity and goals, and would leave opponents unable to focus on one man.
The Algerian winger is the player who broke through the lines and drew defences out of position. And while there are a number of right-wing options at Arsenal, none can compete with Mahrez.