Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is confident that ‘happy’ Riyad Mahrez is staying at the Premier League champions.
Last season’s PFA Player of the Year has been linked with a host of European giants this summer, ranging from Spanish champions Barcelona to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Algeria international will stay at the King Power next season, according to his manager, having been one of many Leicester players being linked with a move away from the King Power stadium.
Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante are two of the other star Leicester players being heavily linked with other clubs.
The 25-year-old scored 17 Premier League goals and laid on 11 assists on the way to lifting the title with the Foxes last season, but Ranieri is almost certain that Mahrez will remain at the club.
“I am very confident with him,” he told the Leicester Mercury. “He stays.
“He wants to stay here with us. He enjoys it, he is laughing. He is not a man who says, ‘Oh coach, I want to go.’ No, he is happy.”
Ranieri was speaking at Leicester’s pre-season camp in Austria, head of their return to England this weekend for their pre-season friendly against newly-promoted League One side Oxford United on Tuesday.
Leicester’s new signings Ahmed Musa, Nampalys Mendy, Ron-Robert Zieler and Luis Hernandez are all in contention to make their debuts.