Leicester's Ranieri responds to Riyad Mahrez speculation

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri

The Leicester City star has been linked to Arsenal and Everton.

Leicester manager Claudio RanieriLeicester manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has insisted to the Mirror that Riyad Mahrez is going nowhere, despite continuing speculation about his future.

The Algerian was the star of the Premier League last season, helping his side to the title and winning PFA Player of the Year. His displays, of course, didn't go unnoticed, with several of the big European sides currently thought to be chasing his signature.

At one stage it appeared Arsenal was winning the race, with Eurosport claiming they had agreed a fee with the Champions for their prize asset, although the Mirror claimed Everton were also keen.

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez and Daniel AmarteyLeicester's Riyad Mahrez and Daniel Amartey

Leicester's manager, however, has insisted that Mahrez will be staying with the Foxes.

“It is good for you [the media] not for us,” he told the Mirror.

“Did you see how Riyad is happy? He played so well, worked so hard for the team, he scored a goal and he stays with us. It is very important [to keep him], he is one of our stars.”

Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring the first goal for LeicesterRiyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leicester

It remains to be seen if Mahrez does stay at the King Power Stadium amid the speculation about his future.

Leicester fans will be hoping Mahrez follows the example of team mate Jamie Vardy and stays put, rather than follow the route of N’Golo Kante, who recently signed for Chelsea in a £30m deal.

Ranieri is fully aware that not only it is crucial to retain his star players, but understands how vital it is for the club to get off to a strong start this coming season. A good start, and some success in Europe, is key to keeping (and strengthening) the squad over the coming transfer windows in order to ensure that Leicester can build on their extraordinary achievements last term.

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez in action with Celtic's Emilio IzaguirreLeicester's Riyad Mahrez in action with Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre

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