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Claudio Ranieri insists Riyad Mahrez wants to stay with Leicester

Published 19/07/2016

Riyad Mahrez was an influential figure as Leicester won the Premier League title
Riyad Mahrez was an influential figure as Leicester won the Premier League title

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says Riyad Mahrez wants to stay with the Premier League champions.

Mahrez has been linked with a big-money move away from the Foxes after playing a key role in their title-winning campaign, with Barcelona, Paris St Germain and Arsenal among the clubs touted as possible destinations.

However, Ranieri says the 25-year-old Algeria winger - last season's PFA Players' Player of the Year - is not looking to leave the King Power Stadium.

Asked after Leicester's 2-1 friendly win over Oxford on Tuesday night if Mahrez had spoken to him about his future, Ranieri told Sky Sports News: " Yes, he wants to stay."

The Italian added about trying to keep hold of his best players: "I think everybody here is happy and then it's finished, the market has finished."

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