Riyad Mahrez 50/50 to leave Leicester City according to agent
Leicester hoping to retain the services of PFA Player of the Year
May 5th, 2016
Riyad Mahrez has been a sensation for Leicester City this season although it appears that the Algerian might be about to leave the King Power Stadium on a high.
Mahrez scooped the PFA Player of the Year award recently and he will have a Premier League winners’ medal awarded to him this weekend, although his future is far from clear following a statement from his agent.
It is clear that there are interested parties after Mahrez’s amazing season, although the player’s agent described the situation as 50/50 when it comes to whether the Algerian is staying or leaving.
Mahrez’s agent Kamel Bengougam said: “Yes of course there is a possibility. When you have been playing the way Riyad has this season it is bound to attract attention. He is very happy with Leicester and of course it has been a fantastic season. They will play in the Champions League next year as well so he would be happy to stay.
“But at his age if the opportunity comes to play for a big team then we would have to think about it. I’d say it’s 50/50 at the moment whether he stays or goes.”
Leicester also have a battle on their hands to retain the services of N’Golo Kante, with the midfielder expected to be named in the France Euro 2016 squad and he might even claim a starting berth for Les Bleus this summer.
Claudio Ranieri will be given money to strengthen the squad irrespective of Mahrez and Kante, with the Italian firm about the type of player that he wants to recruit at the King Power.
“I don’t want big names here, I don’t want to break the dressing room,” he said. “My lads are special. Of course we have to buy some good players but whoever arrives must have the same spirit. All the time I said to my players it’s not important the name of the opponent or the club, we prepare and we fight. I want to continue with this philosophy. We want to grow up together.”