Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha says that Riyad Mahrez has already told him that he wishes to stay at the club.
There have been unsurprising reports linking Mahrez with a move away from the Premier League champions (still sounds weird), with Barcelona and Manchester United both mentioned as possible destinations.
Mahrez’s agent Kamel Bengougam hardly calmed the situation by suggesting that it was “50-50” whether Mahrez would stay at Leicester. Bengougam is understandably keen to get his client that once-in-a-lifetime move. As Eden Hazard knows, a year is a long time in the life of the PFA Player of the Year.
Yet Srivaddhanaprabha dismissed the notion that Mahrez – and other key players – would leave Leicester this summer.
“They are good boys,” Srivaddhanaprabha said. “They are good lads. They understand. Even Mahrez, I talked to him and said, ‘Are you concerned?’. He said, ‘No, no, I want to stay’. This is what he wants. He wants to stay.”
Srivaddhanaprabha’s came after Claudio Ranieri also insisted that Mahrez was very likely to stay at Leicester.
“It’s 99 per cent he will stay,” Ranieri said. “I’m very, very confident. I suggest to all my players, ‘Stay one year more. Don’t go. If you go to another team, you might not get on the pitch’.”