Clubs could tempt me: Riyad Mahrez


Riyad Mahrez has admitted he could leave Leicester if “two or three” of the world’s leading clubs come calling.

The 25-year-old winger was voted the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year after playing a major role in Leicester’s memorable Premier League title-winning campaign.

He has since been reportedly linked with a move to Arsenal, but contrary to reports in France.

“When there is a Brazilian who is lighting things up, he is at Real Madrid before you know it! For us, it is a little harder, we have to do more,” Mahrez told France Football.

“It (the Premier League) is a super league and I would like to stay here as long as possible. But now there are two or three clubs in the world that if they come for me it definitely makes you think, if you understand what I am trying to say.”

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri insisted last week there had been no approaches for Mahrez and expected his star man to remain with the club.

The Italian has previously warned Mahrez he risks ending up on the bench if he decides to leave Leicester before the close of the summer transfer.

Mahrez feels it will be impossible for Leicester to retain their Premier League title
Mahrez feels it will be impossible for Leicester to retain their Premier League title

Mahrez started, and scored, in Leicester’s opening match of the season on Saturday as they begun the defence of their Premier League title

Following the loss at the KCOM Stadium, Mahrez admitted Leicester face a near impossible task of retaining their league crown.

“We know that Leicester will not win the league again. We are not Manchester United or Chelsea,” he said.

Claudio Ranieri avoiding relegation is Leicester’s main aim this season

“But success would look like becoming part of the cohort of solid clubs in the Premier League, consistently.

“You are always having to prove yourself. Now, people are expecting things from us. And we’ll have to respond because nobody will do us any favours.”

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