Leicester City’s Algerian wing wizard Riyad Mahrez has been advised to stay back in Leicester and play for one more season at the Midland club by Italian manager Claudio Ranieri.
Mahrez was outstanding last season scoring goals for fun and winning the PFA Player of the Year award in the process. The winger scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists for his team mates as Leicester finished Champions for the first time in their 128 years history.
Mahrez is reported to be favouring a move to Arsenal after the North London club made a bid of £25 million for the winger. Mahrez extended his contract at the club last season and it is highly unlikely Leicester will grant the 25-year-old his wish of joining the Gunners.
Mahrez was a £400,000 signing from Le’Havre in the French Ligue 2 in January 2014 before becoming the main man for the Midland club last season.
Arsenal have already triggered the release clause of Mahrez’s team mate Jamie Vardy and although Leicester City have made the player a counter offer, it is expected that the deal will go through and should Vardy sign for Arsenal which is looking increasingly likely, it may lead to an exodus of key players at last season’s Premier League champions.