Ranieri discusses prospect of Riyad Mahrez departing Leicester

Leicester City

The Algerian star has been putting in phenomenal performances this season for the Foxes, but interested parties may be better off looking elsewhere.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has been touching on the outstanding form of Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez, after he again helped the club to points in the weekend match against Spurs, in quotes appearing on Sky Sports.

The Foxes star equalised within a minute of Dele Alli's opening goal at the King Power stadium, cutting in from the right and smashing a great strike past Hugo Lloris.

And former Chelsea boss Ranieri has said that there is no figure that would convince Leicester to sell him, adding that he is working hard to help the former Le Havre man become a better player.

"We don't sell him so there is no price," the Italian is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "We won't sell him so it's much better if they (other clubs) don't ask.

"I look at Riyad when we don't have the ball, I'm trying to help him become the complete player, that is my job.

"I want to improve him in the offensive line. He is improving every day, it's important for him because he can get better. He's young and only 24."

It's no surprise that Ranieri is reluctant to even consider parting with the 24-year-old, considering Mahrez is currently top of the Premier League's scoring charts and Leicester sit in second place in the early stages of the season. It is worth noting that many people had them as relegation candidates before the campaign kicked off.

In reality though, Leicester have been one of the best teams in the division since April, and it is clear that they haven't been rocked by Nigel Pearson's summer departure half as much as expected.

The Algerian has been at the heart of that form, especially this season, with Ranieri's side undefeated in their three games in no small part to Mahrez's four goals spread across those matches.

The winger has already matched his best ever goal total in English football, with Mahrez only scoring that amount over the entirety of last season.

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