Riyad Mahrez says he is “very happy” to stay at Leicester City after helping them win the Premier League title.
Mahrez, recently crowned the PFA Player of the Year, has been linked with clubs including Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal in recent months, with his agent last week claiming it was “50-50” whether the Algeria international stays at the King Power Stadium this summer.
However, Claudio Ranieri says he feels it “possible maybe to keep all the players”, and Mahrez has added weight to that idea.
Asked he would stay next season, Mahrez said: “Yeah, yeah. I am very happy and very proud to have this trophy. Some things are just amazing.”
Christian Fuchs has questioned why any of Leicester’s stars would want to leave the club.
“We’re playing Champions League football next season,” the 30-year-old said. “Leicester City are playing Champions League football. Isn’t that a good enough reason to stay at this club?
“I think all the lads know what this team is all about. So why not stay? I believe that.
“Bringing in other players is not in my hands but it’s going to be a tough challenge and I think everybody should simply look forward to it. I played in (the Champions League) for three years (with former club Schalke) and I’m happy to be back.”
Fellow defender Danny Simpson agreed, adding: “I want everyone to stay because it is a special group. Hopefully they stay and we can kick on because we are going places.
“I’ve played in a lot of teams now and that is not easy to get. Hopefully everyone wants to keep going and grow as a group and as a club. I think if we can stay together we are going places.
“We all have a bit of banter (about transfer speculation) but at the end of the day we have had a job to do and been concentrating on the games. Whatever the lads decide to do is up to them. We just hope we can keep this group together because for me it has so much potential to do even more things than what we have.”