The French media have reported that Mahrez prefers to stay with the Premier League Champions as he is not drawn to money, and desires to continue his Leicester journey.
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Mahrez is believed to be hoping that he can continue his impressive form with the Foxes instead of opting for a more lucrative move to the Gunners. The 25-year-old is willing to help Leicester defend their title this season, and looks set to stay at the King Power Stadium.
The PFA Player’s Player of the year was initially rumored to be considering the £37 million switch to the Emirates, but is no longer interested. Reports claim that he would prefer to stay in Leicester, as they have an established style of play, unlike Arsene Wenger’s side.
Mahrez played a key role in Leicester City’s Premier League triumph during last year’s Barclays Premier League. The Algerian attacker was initially positioned on the wing, but Ranieri later gave him the license to roam freely into any attacking position throughout the match.
Riyad’s explosive pace and agility gave him the edge against most Premier League defenses. He was one of the main reasons behind Leicester overcoming their 5000/1 odds on winning the title.
The Leicester man scored 17 goals and made 11 assists last season, earning him the PFA Player’s Player of the Year award. He even received praise from his manager, who called him intelligent for his decision to stay with the club.
“I speak often with him and say ‘stay with us it’s much better for your future’, I think he is an intelligent man and he will stay,” Ranieri stated.
“We support him very well, this is important when you change teams maybe you don’t find team-mates who help you at the same level.”
The Italian manager will struggle to keep hold of most of his star players this season, as they have been offered lucrative deals elsewhere, with N’Golo Kante already lured away from the Champions.
But their top scorer, Jamie Vardy, has already rejected approaches from Arsenal, and instead extended his stay with the Foxes. And with Mahrez also staying at the club, Leicester will remain a force to be reckoned with.