Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez rules out exit

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Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has ruled out a move away from the surprise Premier League leaders in January, despite a number of potential suitors understood to be lining up bids for his services.

Mahrez joined the Foxes from French Ligue 2 club Le Havre for £500,000 in 2014 and has exceeded expectations since, established himself as a key player at the King Power Stadium and one of the stars of the campaign to date.

The 24-year-old has so far scored 11 times and assisted seven in his 15 appearances this season, meaning he has been involved in more Premier League goals than anyone else this term.

The Algeria international netted his latest goal, while laying on the other to take Leicester, who are priced at 21.00 to win the league, back to the summit of the table in a 2-1 victory over struggling Chelsea on Monday night.

Unsurprisingly, a number of top clubs in the division and across Europe have been linked with the winger in the January transfer window.

However, he insists he is enjoying his time under Claudio Ranieri and hopes to remain with the club until at least the end of the campaign.

Mahrez said: “It’s best for me to stay until the end of the season. I was at Le Havre, I had six months left but nobody came to get me. Leicester tried very hard to get me.

“I could feel that they wanted me. I took the decision without knowing the culture or the area. It was a risk.

“When you come from far away and you ended up in the Premier League it makes you happy.”

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