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Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal: Claudio Ranieri opens up on possible Arsenal move


Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insists attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez will not leave the club this summer.

The Algeria international has been linked with a possible move to Arsenal or Chelsea in recent weeks.

But the Italian says the 25-year-old is happy at Leicester and his performance against Celtic shows why he will not leave the Foxes.

"It is good for you [the media] not for us," Ranieri told reporters after the win.

"Did you see how Riyad is happy? He played so well, worked so hard for the team, he scored a goal and he stays with us.

"It is very important (to keep him] he is one of our stars.

"Other teams maybe have more stars and maybe he doesn’t play at the same level, because maybe is on the bench so it is much better he stays with me.

"Maybe tomorrow some newspapers say [he is worth] £100 million, that is good – keep going. It is only speculation.

"Last season we lost Esteban Cambiasso and everyone was crying ‘oh Cambiasso, Cambiasso’, now we are crying because we lost Kante.

"Don’t worry. Football in Leicester will keep going."

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