Leicester's Riyad Mahrez responds to Tottenham links

Leicester City

The Algerian winger insists that he remains focused on the club's relegation battle and hasn't given a second thought to a future elsewhere.

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez had told the Leicester Mercury that he has no plans to leave the club, despite speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Mahrez, 24, has proved one of Leicester’s standout performers this season and, despite Nigel Pearson’s side sitting rock-bottom of the Premier League, has looked more than at home in the top-flight.

With the club appearing set for an immediate return to the Championship with 11 games remaining, the Algeria international’s form has fuelled speculation of a potential departure, and Spurs are one club who are now reported to be monitoring him.

According to the Sun, Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit are preparing a £7 million bid in the event of Leicester’s relegation but Mahrez himself has insisted that keeping the Foxes up is all that’s on his mind at present.

"I have two years left on my contract and I am a Leicester player,” he said. "I don't know what the future is but I am happy to be a Leicester player

"I don't think we have had a lot of luck because in every game, home and away, we create so many chances," he continued. "We play very well but more important are the points. If we lose every game 3-0 or 4-0 then okay, but we are only losing by the odd goal. The games are very close.

"It is a big challenge for us now. We have to keep going in the same way, playing good, because then we can win the game."

Signed from Le Havre last winter, Mahrez, has since made 41 total appearances for Leicester, scoring five times and adding six assists in the process.

His production this season hasn’t been outstanding on paper, having recorded just two goals and three assists in 22 games, but his attacking showings have still been impressive enough to warrant interest from a club like Spurs.

With fellow wide men Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela all putting in inconsistent showings for Pochettino in recent months, Mahrez would be an intriguing arrival at White Hart Lane, where he’d also be able to link up with international teammate Nabil Bentaleb.

However, if Leicester do somehow manage to pull off a survival miracle over the final stretch of the season then his comments suggest he won’t be in a rush to leave the King Power Stadium.

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