According to the Daily Star, Leicester City have not received an offer from Arsenal for Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez. Manager Craig Shakespeare revealed there hasn’t been an approach from any club and are expecting him to stay at the King Power Stadium as a result.
“I’m not worried. Can it be disappointing when a player comes out publically? Yes. I think we have to look what is behind that as well, in terms of advice,” he told Sky Sports. Arsenal, who were unsuccessful in signing Mahrez last summer, reportedly bid £35m for the Leicester winger but no progress has been made.
“We have to understand Riyad’s concerns but while he is contracted to the football club, and while we’ve had no bids for him, which we haven’t, he has to be professional and we have to be professional. He has to be fully committed here and I expect him to do that,” added Shakespeare.
Mahrez made 36 Premier League appearances for City last season, scoring and creating nine goals. The 26-year-old struggled for form in the first-half of the campaign but picked up after a chance in manager. He handed in a transfer request this summer to push for a move away from the King Power Stadium but is currently still a Leicester player.
Arsenal and Leicester meet in the first game of the new Premier League season on Friday, August 11., which could make for a spicy affair. Riyad Mahrez is still 1/4 to join Arsenal this summer. The Gunners are believed to be interested despite the claims of no bid from Leicester.