Ranieri underlines Mahrez’s desire to stay at Leicester

Date published: Wednesday 20th July 2016 9:04

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Claudio Ranieri insists Riyad Mahrez will not be following N’Golo Kante out of Leicester after claiming he wants to stay with the Premier League champions.

Mahrez has been linked with a big-money move away from the Foxes after playing a key role in their title-winning campaign, with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal among the clubs touted as possible destinations.

However, Ranieri says the 25-year-old Algeria winger – last season’s PFA Player of the Year – is not looking to leave the King Power Stadium.

Asked after Leicester’s 2-1 friendly win over Oxford on Tuesday night if Mahrez had spoken to him about his future, Ranieri told Sky Sports News: “Yes, he wants to stay.”

The Italian added about trying to keep hold of his best players: “I think everybody here is happy and then it’s finished, the market has finished.”

Mahrez has three years left on his current contract and may be offered a new deal, while Jamie Vardy and captain Wes Morgan have already agreed new contracts this summer.

Leicester eased their way back into action with victory at the Kassam Stadium with Mahrez playing the opening 45 minutes before wholesale changes were made.

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