He has been the subject of many Arsenal transfer rumours throughout the summer, but so far it seems that Arsene Wenger has yet to make a concrete offer to Leicester City for their Algerian international star Riyad Mahrez. There definitely seems to have been interest, though, judging from the comments from his manager Claudio Ranieri.
The Italian has suggested that his player is happy to stay with the Premier League champions, although reports have claimed that Mahrez is keen to move on to a bigger club and now the player himself has spoke out about the situation to try to clear things up, as The Sun reports.
Last season’s PFA Premier League Player of the Year did back up Ranieri’s comments about him being happy enough to stay with the Foxes, but he also made the proviso that there were some clubs that he would find it very hard to turn down.
Many people will think that the two Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid would be among these clubs, but Mahrez also hinted that he would prefer to stay in England and that does not leave too many options.
He said, “The Premier League is a super league and I would like to stay here as long as possible.
“Now, there are two or three clubs in the world, that if they come for me, it definitely makes you think, if you understand what I am trying to say.”
Could the Leicester star be trying to tell Wenger that he would like to play for Arsenal and so encourage the Frenchman to actually make Leicester an offer?