Leicester City have been handed a major blow after Riyad Mahrez admitted that he could leave the club in the summer after being made aware of interest from Premier League big guns Arsenal and Manchester United. The Algerian midfielder had a stellar campaign as he led the Foxes to the Premier League title, which has attracted interest from clubs across Europe.
The 25-year-old midfielder scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists in the league as he was named PFA player of the year, and Claudio Ranieri will be keen to hold on to his top players as they prepare to face the best in Europe in their debut Champions League campaign next season. Mahrez had indicated that he is happy to remain at the King Power stadium following the end of the campaign, but looks to have changed his stance after admitting that his future at the club is not resolved.
The Gunners, according to the Sun, have held talks with the midfielder about becoming their second summer signing, but will face competition from United, who are also said to be interested in the Algeria international.
It will be a big blow for Leicester, who are already facing the prospect of losing other top players during the upcoming summer transfer window. Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante are the other two players on the radar of Arsenal, United and Paris Saint-Germain.
"The season went very well. As you know, we have won the league which was very important. It is incredible. It was by far my best season in my career," Mahrez admitted while speaking at a Nike event, as quoted by the Mirror.
"Leicester's a family club; I'm happy there and I'd be happy to stay."
"It is flattering to hear (about links to other clubs), as I said nothing is agreed, nothing is done. For the moment I have not made a decision. We will see. It is possible that I stay, it is possible that I leave. We will see," the Algerian midfielder added.