Riyad Mahrez has become the second Leicester City star to shun the attentions of Arsenal and sign a new contract with the Premier League...
Riyad Mahrez has become the second Leicester City star to shun the attentions of Arsenal and sign a new contract with the Premier League champions.
The 25–year-old had been strongly linked with a move to the Gunners. However, like team-mate Jamie Vardy, Mahrez has decided to remain at the King Power Stadium and has signed a four-year contract until June 2020 worth £100,000-a-week.
The news represents a huge boost for manager Claudio Ranieri, who lost key midfielder N’Golo Kante to Chelsea for £32m earlier in the window.
Algerian Mahrez, the PFA Player of the Year, scored 17 goals and registered 11 assists in a stunning season under Ranieri. He signed for Leicester from French club Le Havre in 2014 when the club was in the Championship.
It is understood that the new contract does not include a minimum release fee clause. In a statement hastily posted on the Foxes’ website on Wednesday night, Leicester said they were delighted to announce Mahrez’s contract extension.
Both Mahrez and Vardy are set to face Arsenal on Saturday in the late kick-off.