Mahrez unruffled by Arsenal talk, insists Leicester team-mate

Date published: Tuesday 26th July 2016 11:14

Riyad Mahrez: Taking transfer talk in his stride

Riyad Mahrez: Taking transfer talk in his stride

Demarai Gray insists Leicester’s star player Riyad Mahrez is paying no attention to reports he is set to join Arsenal in a £47million deal.

Reports in France suggest the reigning PFA Player of the Year is set for a move to the Gunners – in a deal that would represent a huge profit on the £400,000 the Foxes paid Le Havre two years ago.

Leicester have already lost N’Golo Kante to Chelsea in a £32million switch and manager Claudio Ranieri is adamant Mahrez is going nowhere.

Mahrez was sensational, scoring a superb goal, as Leicester secured a 6-5 penalty shoot-out win over Celtic in the International Champions Cup after the game ended 1-1.

And Gray believes Mahrez’s sparkling performance proves he is not affected by events off the pitch.

“There is a lot of speculation around him but he doesn’t seem to be bothered by any of that, does he?” said Gray.

“He works hard and he’s a Leicester player. We’ll just do what he does, train and focus on games.

“He was the Player of the Year and we won the League, so you expect speculation but he is a great professional and concentrates on what he does and contributes to the team, as you saw against Celtic.

“It’s not really bothering him.”

Leicester go next to America to take on PSG and Barcelona and Gray is looking forward to it.

He said: “It’s crazy. We’ve got a trip to America next week and I used to watch these types of tournaments on TV and now I’m involved in the, it’s a good experience.

“The attention we’re getting, we’re used to it now. I am looking forward to going to America.”

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