Arsenal transfer news: Leicester's Riyad Mahrez 'not bothered' by speculation linking him to Gunners

Demarai Gray has stated that the Foxes star is focused on life at the King Power Stadium

Samuel Lovett
Monday 25 July 2016 14:05
Riyad Mahrez was in sublime form for the Foxes in their International Champions Cup fixture against Celtic
Riyad Mahrez was in sublime form for the Foxes in their International Champions Cup fixture against Celtic

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez is “not bothered” by speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal, according to teammate Demarai Gray.

French reports had claimed last week that the Algeria international had been subject to a £41.8m from Arsenal and was poised to make the switch to the Emirates stadium.

However, agent Kamel Bengougam has insisted that neither himself nor Leicester have received an offer for the winger.

Leicester fans hoping to hold onto the Algerian were further comforted by the sight of the 25-year-old in action for the Foxes as they beat Celtic on Saturday afternoon in the International Champions Cup.

Mahrez impressed for the Premier League champions and was named as man of the match after scoring a fine solo goal.

But despite talk of a big money transfer, Gray has insisted that his fellow teammate remains solely focused on Leicester.

“Obviously he got player of the year and we won the league, so you expect speculation," Gray said in the wake of Saturday’s game. But he's a good professional and concentrates on what he does and produces like what he did today.

“There is a lot of speculation around him but he doesn't seem to be bothered by any of that, does he?

“He works hard and he's a Leicester player, that's that. We'll just do what he does, train and focus on games.”

Claudio Ranieri has similarly shrugged off talk of Mahrez’s departure as the Foxes prepare to defend their title and compete in the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Leonardo Ulloa celebrates with Mahrez after his sensational goal 

“Maybe tomorrow he'll be worth £100million - it's good, keep going,” the Italian joked. “I understand speculation, but that's all it is.

“Did you see how happy Riyad looked? He played well, he worked so hard for the team, he scored a goal. He stays with us. Of course.

“For us it's very, very important to keep him because he is one of our stars. He is our fantasy – we can work hard but with him games change.”

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