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Mahrez distracted by Arsenal links

Published On 01/08/2016 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Algeria, Europe, Latest News, Premier League, Top Stories, Transfers

According to Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri, Riyad Mahrez has allowed himself to be distracted by speculation surrounding his future.

The Algeria international was outstanding last season as he scored 17 goals and added 11 assists on his way to the PFA Player of the Year award.

But he failed to shine during Leicester’s 4-0 thumping by Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday and Ranieri admitted he is concerned his player’s head has been turned by reports linking him with a move to Arsenal.

Claudio Raneri wants Mahrez to focus on Leicester City
“Maybe Riyad is distracted a bit by all of these rumours and speculation,” Ranieri said. “But that is also an experience for my players.

“It is important that he understands that he should stay with us. He has to improve his fitness and play for the team as well as last season.”

Arsene Wenger was coy when questioned about Mahrez
Arsene Wenger was in the stands on Saturday to watch Leicester, but was coy when asked if he was specifically there to scout Mahrez.

“We watch all the players. We play them in the second game of the championship so of course it is a good opportunity for us tonight to see them,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

“I cannot give you a yes or a no [on Mahrez interest] because we do not publicise out transfer interest. The best way to make things happen is to keep it as secret as possible.

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