Striker Riyad Mahrez Says He Wants To Leave Leicester City

Leicester City striker Riyad Mahrez has declared he wants to leave the club.

 

The Algeria International, who joined from France club Le Havre for a reported £400,000 in 2014, said he had agreed "to stay for another season" following "a good discussion with the chairman" after the Foxes won the Premier League last year.

 

But Mahrez added he was "fiercely ambitious" and had "informed the club I feel now is the time to move on."

 

The 26-year-old,PFA player of the year made 48 Leicester City appearances this season.

 

 

Mahrez netted 10 goals and provided seven assists as the Foxes recovered from a poor start to finish 12th in the league this year and reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

 

In a statement he wrote: "Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester I wanted to be totally honest and transparent. I have informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.

 

"I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.

 

"I've had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions.

 

"The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans are something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision."

 

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