Cape Town - Leicester City manager Claude Puel wants to continue working with Riyad Mahrez
amid speculation linking him with a move away from the club this month.
international has excelled in his new role under Puel, contributing six goals
and four assists since the Frenchman took over the reins in late October.
Roma had a £32 million
bid rejected for Mahrez in the off-season after he handed in a transfer
request, and his future is the subject of conjecture once more during the
current transfer window.
But Puel is hoping
that the 26-year-old remains at the King Power Stadium following positive talks
between the pair.
"I want to keep
all my best players and Riyad is an important player in the team for us,"
"When I discussed
things with him, he had a good attitude and is enjoying his football. He is a
happy player and likes to play with his team-mates.
have improved, with assists and scoring. Of course, I want him to continue all
this good work."
Puel quashed rumours
that Mahrez had asked for a January exit, saying: "No he is happy with the
squad, it is speculation but for me it is no problem.
"He is happy to
play with this team, he enjoys his football and this is the most important