Ranieri insists Mahrez will not leave Leicester.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insists Riyad Mahrez is happy at the club and will not leave this summer.

The Algerian has received massive interest from Arsenal, with a lucrative £35m deal being speculated, following his key role in leading the Foxes to the title last season.

However, after Leicester’s friendly win over Celtic on Saturday, in which Mahrez scored a stunning goal, Ranieri revealed the 25-year-old will remain at the King Power stadium.

“It is good because you can continue to write, write, write,” he told the media at Celtic Park.

“It is good for you but not for us. Did you see Riyad, how he is happy? He played well and worked so hard for the team and scored a good goal. Then he stays with us. Of course.

“For us, it is very important because he is one of our stars. He is our fantasy. We can work hard but with him something change.”

Ranieri also stated that Mahrez would be wise to stay under his tutelage as because he may not get into other starting elevens regularly. “With another team, there are many more stars and maybe he doesn’t play at the same level”

He added. “Maybe he goes on the bench. It is much better he stays here with me and another year is important for him.

“Maybe now (£47m) and maybe tomorrow another newspaper says £100m. Keep going! Mahrez is okay with us. He understands that’s someone loves to put some speculation but it is only speculation.”

Mahrez’s goal also impressed his skipper Wes Morgan before Leicester won the International Champions Cup match on penalties. “That’s what he’s all about, he can score something out of nothing,” said Morgan. “He did that today, it was a great goal and his performance was good today.”

But several reports suggesting that Arsenal are lining up a £75million double deal that would bring Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette to the Emirates.


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