Leicester hopeful key star will not do a Kante, confident of keeping him

Riyad Mahrez has not rejected a massive contract offer from Leicester and the club are hopeful that he won’t follow N’Golo Kante out of the club, according to reports from the Leicester Mercury.

The Foxes won the Premier League title in the most unlikely of circumstances last term, but have since had to deal with speculation surrounding their key players.

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While a bid from Arsenal for Jamie Vardy ultimately proved fruitless – he’s penned a new deal at the King Power Stadium – Kante left the champions to join Chelsea over the weekend, and his exit was quickly followed by claims Mahrez had rebuffed a contract offer as he set his sights on a move.

However, reports now claim that the PFA Player of the Year has not spurned a proposal that would see him more than double his salary to stay put, and that Leicester are hopeful he will follow Vardy’s example and elect to remain where he is.

Unlike the situations regarding the other two players mentioned, the 18-goal attacking midfielder does not have a release clause in his contract, leaving the ball in the club’s court in terms of listening to offers.

In a quick aside, it’s worth noting that the Leicester Mercury denied suggestions Kante would join Chelsea last week.

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