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Riyad Mahrez Reveals How Close He Was to Leaving Leicester City After Title Winning Season

​Leicester Metropolis talisman Riyad Mahrez has revealed in an interview with The Daily Mail how shut he got here to leaving the Foxes in 2016.

The Algerian had performed a elementary half in Leicester’s fairy story Premier League successful season in 2015/16, successful the PFA Participant of the Yr award within the course of.

His performances led to intense hypothesis surrounding golf equipment eager to signal the Algerian winger, with Arsenal believed to be the frontrunners in signing Mahrez that summer time. 

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Within the interview, Mahrez stated: “I needed to be clear, not play folks round and be trustworthy about it.

“They did not need to promote me. They stated, ‘Sure, (there can be) no downside if one thing comes up.

“However behind the scenes they have been blocking stuff – speaking to golf equipment however simply not eager to promote me.”

Mahrez claimed he was ’50/50′ in leaving the Foxes after 2016, even assembly Arsenal’s chief switch negotiator, Dick Regulation on the time, while his representatives met with Arsene Wenger over a proposed transfer. 

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A transfer didn’t materialise nonetheless and while he and Jamie Vardy remained at Leicester, N’Golo Kante was allowed to go away for Chelsea the next season for £32m, in what was the one important departure of that title successful facet. 

Talking about Kante’s departure, he stated: “N’Golo had a clause and when he left they stopped these clauses. 

“They stated they might by no means give one to anybody after that.”

Mahrez, now managed by Claude Puel, has seen his performances enhance in latest week, together with his superb winner towards Tottenham on Tuesday a glimpse of the standard he’s able to producing. 

The 26-year-old is content material within the Midlands on the minute, though his need to play with Europe’s elite is a dream he nonetheless harbours presently. 

“I imagine I’ll get to the highest. When you’ve got high quality, and present it, there isn’t any downside.”

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