Riyad Mahrez’s agent has claimed that his client is fully committed to Leicester City despite speculation surrounding his future.
The 2016 PFA Player of the Year has been linked with big money moves away from the King Power stadium, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs all having been reported of having an interest in signing him over the last few months.
The £142m departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona earlier this week prompted speculation that Liverpool had made a move to sign the winger, with others even claiming he was due to travel to Merseyside to complete a medical.
However, his agent told Algerian sports paper Le Buteur that that speculation was ‘nonsense’.
“I read some media reports about Riyad making an eventual move to Liverpool.
“But if you want the truth, we don’t know anything about this. Until there is proof to the contrary, there has been no official contact with Liverpool.
“I was surprised to hear so much nonsense suggesting Riyad had already signed a deal with Liverpool.
“He has been far away from England, in Dubai [over the weekend] for a bit of a rest. He has not been able to sign anything – he has been totally cut off from the world of football.
He also added that while his client is fully committed to Leicester, he still harbours ambitions of moving to a ‘big club’
“Riyad is a very important part of Leicester’s squad. They have promised him that he can leave if the club that wants to buy him meets their asking price.
“I think that if he does leave Leicester it will happen close to when the transfer window closes. The negotiations will surely take a lot of time.
“I can confirm that Riyad still wants to leave Leicester for a big club.
“However, we must wait for firm offers to come in for this to happen.
“Riyad is very ambitious. But you can be sure that he won’t try to force through a move just so he can leave.
“Despite all that has been said about his future transfer, Riyad remains completely focused on playing for Leicester.
“He isn’t concerned about the rumours doing the rounds, even though I’ve no doubt they annoy him.
“But as long as no deal is done he will continue to be fully committed to Leicester, just the way he has always been.”
Meanwhile, the Daily Express are reporting the Algerian would prefer to move to Arsenal as he would prefer to move to London rather than the North West, and has already purchased a property in the Capital.
Arsenal have also been linked witha move for Bordeaux winger Malcom, although Arsene Wenger has denied that a move is ongoing.
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