Champions refused to sell star man
Riyad Mahrez has admitted that Arsenal made contact over signing him this summer, but Leicester refused to sell him.
Mahrez was a key component in Leicester’s Premier League triumphs last season, and he was the subject of plenty of transfer speculation during the window period.
However, he stayed put at the King Power, yet now the Algeria international has revealed there was an approach from Arsenal, but he refused to force through a move with Claudio Ranieri determined to keep him at the King Power Stadium.
“There was contact with Arsenal,” Mahrez told Canal Football Club.
“But Leicester wanted to keep me and I was pretty expensive.
“I did not want to create a conflict when the offer came in.”
He decided to draw a line under any transfer speculation by signing a contract keeping him at Leicester until 2020.
The 25-year-old, who was named PFA Player of the Year last season, has so far failed to live up to the heights of last season, scoring once in seven appearances in the Premier League.
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10