Riyad Mahrez hints at Foxes exit


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Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has hinted he could be tempted to leave the club if “two or three” of the world’s leading clubs come in for him.

The Algeria international played an influential role in the Foxes’ surprise Premier League triumph last season, scoring 17 goals and providing 11 assists.

The 25-year-old was also voted PFA Player of the Year for the 2015-16 campaign and his superb form has led to speculation regarding his future throughout the summer.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the former Le Havre player while Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been accredited with an interest, and Mahrez admits he could be tempted to leave the King Power Stadium.

“When there is a Brazilian who is lighting things up, he is at Real Madrid before you know it! For us, it is a little harder, we have to do more,” Mahrez told France Football.

“It (the Premier League) is a super league and I would like to stay here as long as possible.

But now there are two or three clubs in the world that if they come for me it definitely makes you think, if you understand what I am trying to say.”

Leicester are keen to keep hold of the Algerian, who scored during their opening defeat to Hull on Saturday, with the club set to embark on their first ever Champions League campaign.

The Foxes are available at 41.00 to successfully defend their English top-flight crown this term while Mahrez is on offer at 67.00 to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer.

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