Mahrez welcomes Wenger praise, discusses Arsenal

Date published: Sunday 11th June 2017 4:20

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has welcomed praise from Arsene Wenger but insists there has been no offer from Arsenal for his services.

Mahrez is keen to move on from the former Premier League champions this summer, having recently handed in an official transfer request.

The Gunners appeared to head the queue for the 26-year-old after Wenger told beIN Sports that a bid “could happen”, while Chelsea and Barcelona are also admirers of the former PFA Player of the Year.

Speaking after winning the Algerian Golden Ball, Mahrez made clear his gratitude towards Wenger for his words of encouragement.

“It’s an honour to receive compliments like this from such a big manager in world football,” Mahrez said in a report on the London Evening Standard.

“But there’s a big difference between an offer and speculation, so there is nothing on the table at the moment.”

Mahrez, who signed a new deal with the Foxes after their title triumph in 2016, is said to favour a move to Barcelona but has reportedly been told to wait on an official bid from the Spanish giants while they tie up deals for players in positions of need.

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