London - Algeria
winger Riyad Mahrez could be worth even more than £100 million if
he leaves Leicester City at the end of the season, Foxes
manager Claude Puel said on Monday.
speculation and we cannot respond to all the speculation with
information," Puel told a press conference. "Perhaps, in the summer
he will cost even more than 100m.
"It is always the
same thing about Riyad. It is just rumours, noise about him and other
players," added Puel of Mahrez, one of the stars of Leicester's shock
Premier League title triumph in 2015/16.
"We can see Riyad
smiling and enjoying his football and enjoying playing with his team-mates and
it is the same in training.
training session, he continues to play head tennis, and I want him to get more
"All the rumours
and speculation about Riyad, do the reporters want him to leave the club?"
Mahrez, however, asked
to leave the Midlands club in pre-season but only Roma made a firm offer, with
the Italian side's 32 million proposal not enough to persuade Leicester to
A sign of the
increasingly high prices clubs are prepared to pay for players came when Dutch
star Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton
for £75 million earlier this month, a world record fee for a defender.