Leicester To Block Riyad Mahrez Move

Claude Puel will block Riyad Mahrez’s exit from Leicester this month.

Foxes boss Puel claims that he will not be entertaining offers for the Algeria winger, who has been linked with switches to Arsenal and Liverpool.

Mahrez has impressed at the King Power Stadium since Puel’s arrival and the club want to try and keep hold of the Algerian for the foreseeable future.

Puel admits that there could be an outgoing this month – with Islam Slimani among those possibly departing – as Leicester have “six strikers for only two positions”.

On Mahrez, who handed in a transfer request last summer, Puel said: “It’s not a question in our mind. All the noise is just speculation.

“Of course we are in the transfer window and it’s normal for all the best players [to be linked with transfers], but I’m not afraid about this because there’s a fantastic spirit and good attitude in this squad.

“I have confidence in Riyad. We spoke a lot with him, [about] different things, and often about football, because he likes football a lot. He is now with good maturity, good experience of life, and we can see this in this game.

“He has a fantastic influence on the team, a valuable player for the team. We can see he is enjoying his football and is happy with his team-mates and with us. It’s important for us to keep our best players.

“The good ambition for him is to continue this hard work, to show his consistency game after game, until the end of the season.

“He has come back at a good level: he is clinical, with assists, with goals, and it’s important he continues this work and shows people the player he is, without the ball [and] with it. He is making progress. It’s a good thing of course [that] he continues all season with us.”

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