Mahrez rejects Leicester’s title chances
Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez has ruled Leicester City out of the running for the Premier League title, despite being top of the table.
The 24-year-old has been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player this season, scoring 11 goals and making seven assists in the league, but believes the big teams will soon get down to business.
“We are not going to win the league, no,” Mahrez told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think we have broad enough shoulders to do it. At the moment we are first, but that means nothing, the big teams will wake up at some point.”
The Foxes saw off Chelsea 2-1 on Monday evening, to move them back to the top of the league, with the Algerian setting up one and scoring the other.
However, despite Mahrez’s sensational form for Leicester this season, he insists he will not leave the King Power Stadium in January, despite interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
“It’s best for me to stay until the end of the season. I was at Le Havre, I had six months left but nobody came to get me. Leicester tried very hard to get me,” Mahrez added.
“I could feel that they wanted me. I took the decision without knowing the culture or the area. It was a risk.
“When you come from far away and you ended up in the Premier League it makes you happy.”
Mahrez wants to repay the faith Leicester showed in him, when signing the player for £500,000 from Ligue 2 side Le Havre.
Leicester have been the surprise package in an unpredictable and very competitive Premier League campaign, currently two points clear of Arsenal. And their resolve will be tested with further big opponents coming up during the Christmas schedule.