Thursday 22 February 2018

Leicester City offer Riyad Mahrez a new contract worth £100,000 a week

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez lifts the Premier League Trophy. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez lifts the Premier League Trophy. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Riyad Mahrez has been offered a new contract worth £100,000 a week as Leicester City fight to keep the PFA Player of the Year.

Mahrez is the latest Leicester star to be offered vastly improved terms after the club's remarkable season, joining Jamie Vardy, N'Golo Kante and Kasper Schmeichel.

The winger played a huge part in Leicester's Premier League title success, scoring 17 goals, and the club's Thai owners have moved swiftly in a bid to avoid losing the Algeria international.

Mahrez has refused to rule out the prospect of leaving the King Power Stadium this summer, admitting it is "possible" he may depart, with Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris St-Germain thought to be admirers.

But Leicester's offer is on the table and they remain hopeful that the 25-year-old will stay for at least another 12 months, after Champions League football was secured for the forthcoming season.

If Mahrez does decide to leave, however, it is understood Leicester will demand a figure of over £30million for a player who cost just £400,000 from Le Havre in January 2014.

There is no release clause in his current contract which means Leicester can ask for any price they see as acceptable. Vardy's £21million clause was activated by Arsenal earlier this month while Kante can also leave for a similar transfer fee.

Mahrez has revealed he will make a decision on his future later this summer, but the potential sales of either Vardy or Kante could be intrinsically linked.

He said: "Nothing is agreed, nothing is done. We will see. For the moment I have not made a decision. We will see. It is possible that I stay, it is possible that I leave.

"The season went very well. We have won the league which was very important. It is incredible. It was by far my best season in my career.

"I am not putting pressure on myself (for next season). It will be a season about confirming (my ability). Without pressure, I will have to work hard... Leicester is a family club. I would like to stay. I am very happy.”

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