Riyad Mahrez committed his future to Leicester City this week and ahead of a season of great expectations his manager weighs in with is own.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has had to deal with Riyad Mahrez being the target of transfer speculation since the end of last season.
Despite Arsenal and other clubs chasing him all summer, the Algerian international finally put pen to paper on a new deal with the Foxes ending all speculation.
Following the announcement of Mahrez’s new deal, his manager made comments reported by BBC Sport claiming that he has much higher expectations of his star midfielder this season:
"“We are now in the Champions League and we need something more to play against the big teams.Now he knows very well what I want and my expectations are higher. Not only for Riyad but for all my players.”"
Mahrez was voted the PFA Player of the Year for 2015-16 for his performance during Leicesters improbable run to the English Premier League title.
The Algerian scored 17 goals and added 11 assists on the season with a break out performance for the 25-year-old.
Now he has set the bar high and he will have to step it up this season to prove all the critics wrong that last year was a one off for him and his teammates.
There are no better stages than the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League this season and Mahrez will be looking to finish this season heading into the prime of his footballing career.