Cape Town - Leicester
boss Claudio Ranieri is confident that reported Arsenal target Riyad
Mahrez will remain at the club to aid their Premier League title
Ranieri's three star players - Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante -
have been heavily linked with departures to bigger-name clubs during
the current transfer window.
However, only Kante has been allowed to leave the King Power Stadium
after Chelsea activated the release clause in his Foxes contract, while
Vardy rejected the Gunners' earlier advances.
Algerian winger Mahrez is the latest player whose future has been
questioned, with reports claiming he's considering a move to the
But Ranieri believes the 25-year-old remains committed to the East
Midlands club and that he won't be following Kante out the exit door.
"I am used to speaking about these things. But it is important that
my players believe in the new moment," the Italian said at a press
conference ahead of his side's Community Shield clash against Manchester
United on Sunday.
"It is normal others want Riyad and other players, but we must focus
on the job. I speak with him a lot and I hope this will help him.
"The chairperson told me at the beginning, when we spoke, that we want
to keep everybody. Kante had a clause and wanted to go, but the others
stay with us."