Leicester City’s Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez has announced he wants to leave the 2016 Premier League champions this summer to join either Arsenal or Monaco.
The 26-year-old Algerian joined Leicester City from French club Le Havre in 2014 for a reported signing fee of £400,000 (R6 million) in 2014.
Mahrez won the PFA player of the year in 2016 award and CAF African Player of the year award following his classical play which led Leicester City to their first Premier League title in the history of the club.
Last year, the African player decided to stay at the club following following “a good discussion with the chairman” despite interest from to paying clubs in Europe.
Mahrez, the PFA player of the year in 2016, played 48 games and scored 10 goals for the Midlands club this season, helping them to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Riyad Mahrez has released a statement telling Leicester he wants to leave the club.
- “Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester I wanted to be totally honest and transparent. I have informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on,” Mahrez wrote in his statement.
- “I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.
- “I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions.
- “The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans are something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.”