Leicester have no interest in selling Riyad Mahrez this summer even though the Arsenal-linked Algerian has not yet committed to a new contract at the King Power Stadium, according to reports from ESPN.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder was the key man in the Foxes’ unlikely Premier League triumph last season, netting 17 goals and notching 11 assists, which was enough to earn him the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.
Despite his fantastic performances, links with a move away from the Champions League-bound club have not been plentiful this summer, albeit speculation surrounding a switch to Arsenal has increased over the course of the past few days,.
Indeed, it’s been claimed that the Gunners have offered £35.2m for Mahrez and that the player himself is eager to push through the proposed transfer.
However, reports reveal that Leicester will not let their talismanic attacker move on before the close of the current window and aren’t concerned that he’s yet to pen a new deal with the club.
It’s understood that Mahrez himself was open to leaving the champions earlier in the summer, but the club’s desire to keep him now means that a deal is virtually impossible.
A four-year contract offer is on the table for the African star, but he may insist in a release clause being added to keep his options open.