Monday 23 January 2017

The Leicester revolution could come to an abrupt end after these comments from Mahrez's agent

Published 05/05/2016 | 18:07

Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring in Leicester's 4-2 opening-day win over Sunderland as they set the tone for the season
Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring in Leicester's 4-2 opening-day win over Sunderland as they set the tone for the season

This week has all been about celebrating Leicester's remarkable achievement in winning the Premier League title but as the season winds down, talk will turn to the team's future.

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Players like Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante have seen their value sky-rocket over the course of the year and the trio will no doubt be sought after this summer by the very teams they beat this season.

Claudio Ranieri will be doing very well to hold onto the PFA Player of the Year, the team's top-scorer and the side's engine in the face of big money offers from some of Europe's superpowers - and it looks like he may need to already start persuading one of his stars to stay put.

According to Mahrez's agent, there have already been discussions between him and his client as to what the Algerian might do this summer, with the odds of him leaving apparently about 50/50.

“Yes of course there is a possibility," Mahrez’s agent Kamel Bengougam told The Guardian about the prospect of the midfielder departing.

"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.”

Mahrez and any other member of Leicester's title-winning squad are more than entitled to cash in after delivering such a mammoth prize for the club but it would be real shame if Ranieri couldn't lead a full-strength team into at least one Champions League campaign.

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