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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."

 

Forward Harry Kane scored four goals and midfielder Son Heung-Min netted twice as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Leicester City 6-1 in an action-packed Premier League battle on Thursday.

 

The game was a effectively a dead rubber with Mauricio Pochettino’s side already assured of finishing second behind champions Antonio Conte’s team Chelsea but the 23-year-old striker produced a splendid individual performance to go top of the scoring chart as in-form Son also impressed.

 

Having taken his mark to 26 league goals to move above Everton forward Romelu Lukaku (24) and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez (23), Harry Kane affirmed there would be no let-up in the final match of the season when Spurs play against relegated Hull City.

 

“I wanted to get one or two goals at least and take it (the battle for the Golden Boot) to the final game,” the former Norwich City striker  told Sky Sports after firing Spurs ahead and rifling in a second half hat-trick.

 

“I am in the driving seat but there’s still one more game. I am not resting on my laurels but I hope to get four more.

 

“Hopefully I can get the Golden Boot and hopefully (Tottenham goalkeeper) Hugo Lloris can get the Golden Glove (for the most clean sheets).”

 

The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder [Son] set up Harry Kane for a 25th-minute opener and made it 2-0 with a first-time shot on the turn in the 36th minute as the tourists dominated the opening half with some crisp passing.

 

The England International then put the icing on the cake with more clinical finishing in the closing stages, condemning Leicester City to their first home defeat after five successive victories as second place Spurs celebrated their 11th victory in the last 12 matches.

 

Spurs boss Mauricio Pocchetino heaped acclaim on Kane and stressed he was in no mood to sell him to potential bidders.

 

“He is great, he is one of the best strikers in the world,” said the former Southampton manager. “He will try to keep going in the next match and try to finish in the best way.

 

 

 

“It is very clear we will keep the players we want to keep and we will maybe sell the players we want to sell. We are so, so calm about our key players. They are happy here, we have an exciting project.” The Argentine added.

Craig Shakespeare side Leicester City kept Spanish team Atletico Madrid within reach as they restricted the dominant Spaniards to a single goal in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Midfielder Koke had already hit the Leicesters’s post in the first half when the referee judged playmaker Marc Albrighton's foul on  Atletico star player Antoine Griezmann had been inside the penalty area.

Replays displayed contact was made outside the box but the France International [Griezmann] duly stepped up to send goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way.

Diego Simeone side [Atletico Madrid] striker Fernando Torres slipped as the goal beckoned in the second half but, that chance apart, The visitor’s struggled to carve out clear-cut openings against a stubborn Foxes defence.

Leicester centre-back Robert Huth - who will be banned for the second leg after being booked - saw a shot blocked and forward Shinji Okazaki narrowly failed to make contact with a low cross in the best of Leicester City’s rare raids forward.

Chelsea playmaker N'Golo Kante announced he was wanted by Arsenal before opting to make the move to Stamford Bridge.

The former Leicester City midfielder was in demand after an impressive first English Premier League season at King Power Stadium, joining the Blue side in a reported £32million move in July last year.

The France international had choice, including the possibility of signing with Chelsea's London rivals Arsenal.

However, the 26-years-old midfielder said he felt more wanted at Stamford Bridge and other clubs.

"With Arsenal there was an interest but not a big as other clubs," Kante told Sky Sports.

"That is why I didn't go to Arsenal and went to Chelsea."

The accord has proven to be a good one for Kante, who is on track to lift a second straight English Premier League title.

N Golo' Kante has played in 29 of Chelsea's 30 league matches, with Antonio Conte's team seven points clear at the top.

Legendary playmaker Bastian Schweinsteiger has completed his move from Manchester United to Chicago Fire.

The 32 years old midfielder has joined the MLS (Major League Soccer) side on a permanent basis after passing a medical and recovering his visa.basti chicago fire

After being given a hero's welcome by supporters at his new club. The World Cup winner has finalised the required paperwork and could be in line for a debut against Montreal Impact at the weekend.

The former Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) midfielder made 35 appreances for the Reds and scored twice, versus Leicester City in the Premier League last season and Wigan Athletic in the Emirates FA Cup starting this year.

Everybody at Old Trafford would like to wish Bastian Schweinsteiger the very best of luck in the next chapter of his career.

Gareth Southgate side England took another comfortable step on the road qualification for next summer's World Cup in Russia as they eased past Lithuania at Wembley.

Manager Southgate's first game at Wembley since succeeding Ex-manager Sam Allardyce on a permanent basis provided few alarms as The Three Lions remain firmly in control at the top of Group F.

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe justified his call-up at 34 for a first England appearance since late 2013 with a typically clinical finish after 21 minutes and a lively performance that suggested he still has a part to play under Southgate.england 2

And when the Three Lions manager needed someone to break Lithuania's stubborn resistance after the half-time, substitute Leicester city striker Jamie Vardy obliged from close-range in the 66th minute, covering a subtle touch from Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana inside the area.

Before Kick-off there was a minute's silence inside the Wembley Stadium for the victims of last week's London attack.

Defending champion Real Madrid will face the German might of Bayern Munich while Barclays champions Leicester City have been drawn against Diego Simeone side Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Italian champions Juventus can take revenge for the 2015 final defeat versus Barcelona after being pitted against the Spanish giants while Ligue - 1 team Monaco were drawn to meet Germany's Borussia Dortmund. The home and away legs of the UEFA Champions League last eight will be played on April 11-12 and April 18-19.

Craig Shakespeare side Leicester landed last year's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid, a draw which prompted British bookmakers to slash the odds making Atletico Madrid third favourites to clinch the trophy in the June 3 final at Cardiff behind Bayern and Barcelona.

Carlo Ancelotti side Bayern Munich, the 2012 winner, host ten-time champions Madrid in the first leg as they target a sixth successive semi-finals appearance.

Barclays Premier League defending champions Leicester City wrote another chapter in their exceptional story as they overturned a first-leg deficit to crush Sevilla and reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on a night of raw passion at the King Power Stadium.

The Craig Shakespeare side (Leicester) looked in trouble after a 2-1 first-leg loss in Spain that was the catalyst for the sacking of former manager Claudio Ranieri-the coach who had guided them into this competition after clinching the Premier League nine months ago.

Now, with the former Juventus manager (Ranieri) and Craig Shakespeare in charge, the host have been transformed, and they were on their way to another amazing triumph when skipper Wes Morgan bundled them into a first-half head.

It put the Foxes in control of the tie, a supermacy they emphasised when midfielder Marc Albrighton drilled home a second nine minutes after the half-time, seconds after Sevilla left-back Sergio Escudero hit the bar for the visitors.

The win means the Leicester City join tje illustrious company of Real Madrid , Bayern Munich , Borussia Dortmund , Barcelona and Juventus in Friday's quarter-final draw.

Barclays Premier League - winning boss  Claudio Ranieri has been discharged by Leicester City nine months after dominant them to the Premier League trophy.

Former Chelsea manager guided the Leicester to the title although them being ranked 5,000 - 1 shots at the start of the campaign.

The 65 years old manager leaving comes less then 24 hours after a 2-1 beating at Spanish side Sevilla in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of - 16.

Leicester City lift the Premier League title by 10 points although have won just five top - flight matches this season, and could alter to the first defending champions to be relegated since 1938.

The Foxes have lost their gone five league games and are the only team in the top four English separation without a league goal in 2017

Claudio Ranieri side Leicester City placed a first home win for 2017 as 20 years old striker Demarai Gray's excellent solo goal secured an extra - time victory against Derby in their FA Cup fourth round.

Wales midfielder Andy King netted opening goal the hosts, who made 10 changes, along after Gray's brilliant croos was acknowledged back across by English midfielder Marc Albrighton.

Guinea striker Abdoul Camara's free kick affected extra time for championship Derby only for substitute Onyineye Ndidi to add one more goal for the Foxes advantage with a fabulous strike.

English striker Gray netted a deserved victory with a bend finish after a fine run.

Leicester City will play against One Millwal in the last 16 on 18 February.

Manager Reaction

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said: "Derby played good football and we won, This is what we needed and I wanted.

"We want to do well in all competition. We want to go forward in the FA Cup. The premier league is not so good but we have to stay in the premier league. This fresh air is good for the player."

Derby County manager Steve Mclarin: "There are some very tired players in the dressing room. It was always going to be hard work.

" We had a go and I can't fault the players. We ran out of steam in the end. We missed our opportunity in the first game."