Riyad Mahrez could be set to sensationally stay at Leicester City, despite the Algerian handing in a transfer request at the end of last season.
The winger was heavily linked to a move away from the King Power stadium last summer, following a Leicester’s phenomenal Premier League title success, but agreed to stay by signing a new contract. He apparently had a verbal agreement with the club that he would give them one more season before moving on.
Last season, Mahrez’s form dropped, scoring only six Premier League goals for the Foxes, down from 17 the previous year, and he has now handed in a transfer request.
Arsenal and Tottenham are believed to be interested in signing the 26-year-old, while Serie A club Roma are the only team to have made a bid, with their £20m offer being rejected by the Premier League side, who reportedly want £50m for their player.
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has even claimed that the winger could even stay with the Foxes next season:
“I think ever since he has been here [Premier League Asia trophy] he has been involved in a lot.
“What you read into it is that he is a good player. If we can find him and give him the time to express himself within the frame work, which is important, you will always see players of his ilk express themselves, as they had players who did that as well.
“I am sure there is because unless we get a suitable bid then he stays. He has a contract, it is as simple as that.
“I would like some [more business]. We would like to add, whether that be two or three. Let’s see if we can do that.”
Mahrez put in a good performance in Leicester’s opening preseason game against West Brom where he scored a fine individual goal to level the scores, in a game they eventually won on penalties.