Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri
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.
Leicester'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 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 Izaguirre