Mahrez con­firms ap­proach from EPL gi­ant

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London: Lesces­ter City for­ward Riyad Mahrez has con­firmed Arse­nal tried to sign him last sum­mer but the Premier League cham­pi­ons re­fused to sell. Mahrez, who was a key com­po­nent in Le­ices­ter’s march to the ti­tle last sea­son, was con­tin­u­ally linked with a move to the Emi­rates Sta­dium dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow but a move never ma­te­ri­alised.

How­ever, the Al­ge­ria in­ter­na­tional has re­vealed there was an ap­proach from Arse­nal but he re­fused to force through a move with Clau­dio Ranieri de­ter­mined to keep him at the King Power Sta­dium. “There was con­tact with Arse­nal,” Mahrez told Canal Foot­ball Club. “But Le­ices­ter wanted to keep me and I was pretty ex­pen­sive. I did not want to cre­ate a con­flict when the of­fer came in.” Mahrez even­tu­ally drew a line un­der the spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing his fu­ture by sign­ing a new con­tract with Le­ices­ter, ty­ing him to the club un­til 2020. Sky Sports

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