Leicester City ace Riyad Mahrez rules out January switch amid transfer speculation

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Leicester City player Riyad Mahrez has been linked with a move in January.

Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez says he will remain at the club until the end of the season amid speculation that he could move in the January transfer window, the Telegraph reports.

The Algeria international has been superb so far this season, scoring 11 goals and adding a further six assist in 13 Premier League starts as Leicester challenge at the top of the table.

Mahrez’s superb form has seemingly not gone unnoticed, and reports in the Daily Mail last month credited both Manchester United and La Liga giants Barcelona with an interest.

But the talented midfielder questions why he would leave Leicester now, telling reporters for the Telegraph how he will remain at the King Power until the end of the campaign before reviewing the situation.

“Why would I want to go anywhere?," he explained. "It’s not in my head to go now. I’ll just finish the season and then we’ll see. I’ve got four years here on my contract until 2019. Life is good."

Mahrez’s eligibility to play in Europe for a Champions League or Europa League club makes him an extremely attractive proposition in the January transfer window.

Moreover, considering he is only 24, the former Le Havre man has plenty of potential and importantly time on his side to improve and become an even more influential player.

With top scorer Jamie Vardy turning 29 next year, Leicester are arguably less likely to receive interest in the striker due to clubs seeing him as a short-term option and a potential gamble.

Mahrez, however, has both skill and age on his side therefore it would not be a surprise to see a bidding war for him next summer, regardless of whether Leicester finish in the top four.

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