Riyad Mahrez, the 2016 PFA Player of the Year, has made a decision surprising one and all, by expressing his wish to leave Leicester City in the summer transfer window, as he feels now is the right time to move on.
The winger has asked for a transfer out of the club, which was soon confirmed in a statement he released.
It read: “Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.”
The player was immensely influential and vital in Leicester City’s title winning dream run two seasons ago, and has never been the same, especially since the departure of manager Claudio Ranieri.
While the fans still seem surprised by this decision and wish for him to miraculously stay, further comments in the statement made his intentions pretty clear.
Mahrez wrote: “However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that 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.”
Since his arrival to the side in 2014, he has played 134 matches for the Foxes, and scored 35 crucial goals in that duration, while forming a lethal understanding with striker Jamie Vardy up front.
Written by Vikram Gupta
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