Manchester United, Arsenal and every other big club from Europe are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of PFA player of the year Riyad Mahrez as the midfielder committed his future to Leicester City after they lifted the Premier League trophy following their win over Everton on Saturday (7 May). The midfielder's performances this season had attracted interest from all across Europe including Catalan giants Barcelona.
The 25-year-old Algeria international was one of the key players as the Foxes cruised to a historic Premier League triumph with two games to spare. Mahrez was named the player of the year after notching up 17 goals and 11 assists ahead of teammates Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante, who were also nominated for the prestigious award.
Mahrez's future at the King Power Stadium was thrown into doubt when his agent admitted that he was '50-50' to stay or leave the club. The Algerian representative suggested that an offer from one of the European giants could sway the midfielder's mind, and his departure would have been a big blow to the club ahead of their maiden Champions League campaign next season.
The club hierarchy along with Claudio Ranieri moved quickly to quell speculation by suggesting that the former Le Havres star will remain at Leicester. The club's vice-chairman admitted to have spoken to the player and confirmed his desires to remain with club beyond the current summer.
The £25m ($36m) rated midfielder has now handed the club a massive boost by confirming his interest to stay with the Premier League champions despite interest from the Red Devils and Barcelona.
"Yeah, I am very happy, I was very proud to have this trophy - some things are amazing," Mahrez said when asked about him remaining with Leicester, as quoted by the Mirror.