English Premier League (EPL) champions Leicester City is set to lose their star winger Riyad Mahrez as the Algeria international is rumored to reject the new contract offer from The Foxes. The 25-year-old reportedly wants a new challenge in his career and he sees it away from the King Power Stadium.
Mahrez joined Leicester from French club Le Havre in 2014 for a meager $494,775 transfer fee. The wide man has been attracting interest from top English clubs as well as other European giants after his exploits in the league last season, according to The Guardian.
The man from Sarcelles, France still has three years left on his current Leicester City contract which pays him $46,179-a-week. The Foxes are reportedly willing to offer him a new contract worth $105,552-a-week in a bid to keep him at the club. Mahrez however is not interested to extend his stay at Leicester and has asked his agent to find him a new club.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri won’t be too pleased with the situation, especially with another of his key player, N’Golo Kante reportedly set to join Chelsea after both the club agreed on a fee this Friday. Ranieri has showed his confidence on retaining Mahrez at the club and believes that the winger will choose not to leave Leicester.
“He remains with us. He’s not the kind of man who will say: ‘Coach I want to leave.’ He is happy here.” Ranieri said.
Mahrez made a total of 37 appearances for Leicester City in the EPL last season where he scored a total of 17 goals. He created 67 chances for his team, 11 of which were assists. The Algerian completed 746 passes with a pass accuracy of 74%. 84% of those passes were forward passes, according to Squawka.
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