Mahrez blames Le­ices­ter for failed Arse­nal trans­fer

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LONDON - Riyad Mahrez has hit out at Le­ices­ter for denying him the chance to sign for Arse­nal in the sum­mer of 2016. The at­tacker had just helped the Foxes to win the Premier League and was sub­ject to in­tense in­ter­est from Arsene Wenger’s side.

“They said: ‘ Yes, there will be no prob­lems if some­thing comes up’,” he told the Daily Mail. “But be­hind the scenes they were block­ing me – talk­ing to clubs but just not want­ing to sell me.”

N’Golo Kante was the only star per­former of that

Premier Leaguewin­ning side to de­part – and Mahrez knows why.

“N’Golo had a clause and when he left they stopped those clauses,” the 26-year-old said. “They said they would never give one to any­one af­ter that.

“But I’m con­fi­dent. Con­tract or no con­tract, I be­lieve I will get to the top. When you have qual­ity, and show it, there’s no prob­lem.” Mahrez has en­joyed a strong start to the lat­est cam­paign, scor­ing three goals, in­clud­ing the win­ner against Tot­ten­ham in mid­week, and lay­ing on a fur­ther five.

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