Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Riyad Mahrez Asks To Leave Leicester City

A statement from the Algeria international confirmed his wish to depart the club
Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has asked to leave the club, he announced.

The 26-year-old, who joined from French club Le Havre for a reported £400,000 in 2014, said he had agreed "to stay for another season" following "a good discussion with the chairman" after the Foxes won the English Premier League last year.

But Mahrez, the former PFA Player of the Year, has issued a statement stating he is “fiercely ambitious” and feels “this is the time for me to move on”.
In a statement Mahrez wrote: "Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester I wanted to be totally honest and transparent. I have informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.
"I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.

"I've had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions.

"The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans are something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision."
Mahrez made 48 Foxes appearances this season. He scored 10 goals and provided seven assists as Leicester recovered from a poor start to finish 12th in the league this year and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Algeria international has attracted interest in the past from clubs including Arsenal, Monaco and Barcelona.

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