Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez seemed on the brink of a move to London giants Arsenal before signing a new contract with the Premier League champions.
Leicester City’s star winger Riyad Mahrez has revealed why he chose to stay at Leicester despite Arsenal bidding for his services.
The Algerian superstar scored 17 goals whilst assisting 11 during Leicester’s miraculous title win.
His incredible form earned him the ‘PFA Player of The Year’ award and he has said that he has no regrets turning down a move to London.
Speaking to Canal Football Club, Riyad said:
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"“There was contact with Arsenal.”"
"“But Leicester wanted to keep me and I was pretty expensive. I did not want to create a conflict when the offer came in.”"
"“I stayed, it’s a very good choice. The coach gives me confidence and it’s up to me prove myself for a second year.”"
It wasn’t only Arsenal that Riyad Mahrez was linked with.
Mahrez was also linked with a move back to France following speculation from Marseille.
"“I wasn’t even aware of this story. My agent spoke with Vincent Labrune (president of Marseille), but he did not tell me. I knew like everyone else, when it came out in the press.”"
Riyad Mahrez started his career in France before Leicester bought him from Le Havre for just £400,000.
This summer, Arsenal were reported to have bid over £30m for his services. To Leicester fans however, Riyad is priceless.
Marseille were not the only French club looking to secure Mahrez’s signature. Ligue 1 giants PSG were also circling Mahrez like vultures however Riyad insists that he never considered a move back to France.
"“From the moment I tasted English football, I did not want to go back to France.”"