Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel, Andy King and Claudio Ranieri going nowhere!
Leicester City have been boosted with the news that the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez is not going to be leaving the club after committing his future to the club by signing a new four-year contract.
The 25-year-old Algerian starred last season and was a major reason why they were able to shock the football world and win the Premier League.
He had an excellent season scoring on 17 occasions and making 11 assists – this had led to plenty of speculation about his future and there were rumours he might move but this news will delight the club’s supporters.
Mahrez joins his teammates Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King signing new contracts – as has their popular Italian coach Claudio Ranieri.
Arsenal were the team most likely to sign him in England but once again they are left frustrated by a talented Fox – just as they were when they thought they were about to sign Vardy before Euro 2016.
It was reported on Wednesday that Mahrez had stated he wanted to remain in England and revealed only “two or three clubs” could make him consider his future.
Speaking to France Football he said: “It is a super league and I would like to stay here as long as possible,”
“Now, there are two or three clubs in the world, that if they come for me, it definitely makes you think, if you understand what I am trying to say.
“It (the Premier League) is the best league in the world, the most exciting, where there is the most at stake.
“There is also constantly a little uncertainty. Last year, we won the league. In Spain, you will never see Levante or Granada finishing top. In France, since the new PSG, it is the same.
“Same in Germany, with Bayern and Dortmund, or in Italy with Juventus. In the Premier League there is a greater depth of teams who can do it with City, Arsenal, United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool. They can all win it.”
He joined Leicester in January 2014 whilst they were still in the Championship and scored four times in his first season in the top flight.
Whilst City were disappointed to lose on Saturday to Hull – Mahrez did open his account for the season.
Leicester will be looking to get their first points on Saturday when they host Arsenal at home – they will hope to do better than last year when they lost 5-2 back in September.
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