English Premiership

Mahrez: Premier League is football's NBA

2016-03-08 21:17
Riyad Mahrez (AP)

Cape Town - He has been linked with the likes of Barcelona in recent months, but Riyad Mahrez says he is "lucky" to play in the English Premier League, which he describes as "football's NBA".

The Algerian is having a dream season with Leicester City and his 15 goals and 11 assists have helped the Foxes to the top of the standings, five points clear of second-placed Tottenham with only nine games remaining.

The 25-year-old's rise has certainly been meteoric since he joined Leicester from French outfit Le Havre in 2014 and, despite reports suggesting that Barcelona might come calling soon, Mahrez is enjoying life in England.

"We are ten worlds away from France," he told FIFA website.

"It is impressive. To sum it up, I would say that the Premier League is football's NBA. Playing in the Premier League, in front of such crowds and on such perfect pitches, is amazing. I am so lucky."

Although he has only really blossomed the past two years, the winger feels he always had the talent to reach the top.

"Deep down inside me, I knew I could do great," he said. "I already did well last year, but I was not a player who shone under pressure.

"I did not score enough or give enough assists. I have improved on that point and am more efficient now.

"It is due to my work but also to the team's overall improvement. I feel great in this team, and I feel my team-mates trust me more."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Friday, 22 December 2017
Arsenal v Liverpool, Emirates Stadium 21:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.