The Guardian has claimed that Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez wants to depart the club this summer.
Mahrez joined the Foxes in 2014 from Le Harvre and has made 122 appearances for the former Premier League champions. Mahrez was instrumental during Leicester’s title winning campaign and was voted the Premier League’s Player of the Year the same season.
A French-born Algerian international, Mahrez has 30 caps for his country and appeared at the 2014 World Cup. He was voted African footballer of the year last term following his impressive displays and was widely tipped for a move elsewhere last summer but remained with Claudio Ranieri’s side.
However it seems he has had a change of heart and despite mounting a surprise assault on the Champions League, the 26-year-old looks likely to leave the club following this statement.
“Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club I feel now is the time for me to move on,”
“I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.
“However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel now is the time to move on to a new experience. I’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with the chairman and everyone at the club, and I hope I have been able to repay the faith shown to me by my performances and commitment on the pitch during my time here.”
The Mirror has gone onto claim that Arsenal could be a likely destination. Mahrez and Leicester both struggled this season as they looked went into the defence of their title. At portions of the season they were threatened by relegation which saw the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.
The Italians predecessor Craig Shakepshere is set to here word on his future this week after discussions by the clubs board.The 53-year-old won eight of his 16 games in charge and will hope to stay on as manager having been promoted from Ranieri’s assistant.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena