Cape Town - Riyad
Mahrez continues to be linked with a move away from Leicester City, but
Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri has urged the Algerian to stay.
Reports in France claim the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year is on the
verge of leaving the Premier League champions to join rivals Arsenal.
Mahrez scored an excellent goal on Saturday as Leicester drew 1-1
with Celtic in the pre-season International Champions Cup at Celtic
Ranieri says his star player remains "happy" and warned the winger
that he could find himself on the bench if he decides to join a bigger
"Did you see how Riyad is happy? He played so well, worked so hard
for the team, he scored a goal and he stays with us," the Italian said.
"It is very important [to keep him] he is one of our stars.
"Other teams maybe have more stars and maybe he doesn't play at the
same level, because maybe is on the bench so it is much better he stays
When asked by Sky Sports if he is confident Mahrez would stay, he
replied: "I am always confident. Of course, we know that there are other
teams that want to win the Premier League, we our just to defend."