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Ranieri says Mahrez is staying at Leicester

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says no bids have come in for star Riyad Mahrez, and that he’s expecting the Algerian winger to stay with the Foxes.

Mahrez, 25, was voted PFA Player of the Year after putting up some impressive numbers as Leicester defied all odds to win the Premier League title. With 17 goals and 11 assists, he was one for the leading players alongside striker Jamie Vardy en route to lifting the trophy.

Mahrez has been linked with several big clubs, including Arsenal and Barcelona. But Ranieri is adamant that no clubs have submitted any bids for the player.

“Could I know who is interested in Mahrez? No [approaches]. Riyad stays with us,” Ranieri told Sky Sports.

“I say ‘keep going, we have to improve, also you have to improve your experience by playing in the Champions League, it is totally different, European football is different from the Premier League and it is important to be focused on the new job’.

“Yes [convinced Mahrez wants to stay] but sometimes the manager says one thing and then does another thing.”

The Foxes have made six signings over the summer. They’ve brought in striker Ahmed Musa for a club record £16 million, along with goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, centre back Luis Hernandez, defensive midfielder Nampalys Mendy, winger Bartosz Kapustka, and forward Raul Uche. Ranieri doesn’t expect the team do make any more signings before the end of the transfer window.

“No at the moment I am very happy with this squad and until August 31 the market is open if something happens, why not? But at the moment it is closed.”

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