Riyad Mahrez: Leicester City winger signs new four-year deal with Premier League champions

17 Aug

Riyad Mahrez has signed a new four-year contract with Leicester City, the club have announced.

The Algerian international, who was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year last season, has committed his future to the Premier League champions until 2020.

Mahrez has been continually linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium over the course of the summer, most often with Arsenal.

However, the 25-year-old winger has now joined team-mate Jamie Vardy in signing a new deal with the Foxes.

Mahrez, who signed from Le Havre in January 2014, scored 17 goals and registered 11 assists last season in Claudio Ranieri’s side’s remarkable title win.

Earlier on Wednesday, quotes had emerged from Mahrez in which he had expressed a desire to remain in England while also revealing only “two or three clubs” could make him consider his future.

“It is a super league and I would like to stay here as long as possible,” he told France Football.

“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.

“It (the Premier League) is the best league in the world, the most exciting, where there is the most at stake.

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“There is also constantly a little uncertainty. Last year, we won the league. In Spain, you will never see Levante or Granada finishing top. In France, since the new PSG, it is the same.

“Same in Germany, with Bayern and Dortmund, or in Italy with Juventus. In the Premier League there is a greater depth of teams who can do it with City, Arsenal, United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool. They can all win it.”

Additional reporting by PA


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