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Mahrez poised for Shakespeare discussions

09 July 2017, 12:54 | Colleen Roy

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Mahrez is reportedly valued at £50m by the 2015-16 Premier League champions, however, which has supposedly put Arsenal - the only side seriously linked with the Algeria global - off making an opening offer.

The 21-year-old shone for Monaco last season and Arsenal have made a £40m bid, which has angered Mahrez as he looks for a way out of the King Power Stadium, according to the Daily Mirror.

If bringing in major additions is a priority, so should be getting rid of Riyad Mahrez without being too stubborn, as a few million pounds earned here may cost Leicester City a price that they won't be able to afford.

That's not to suggest that Riyad Mahrez willingly went missing when Leicester City needed him the most, but there is no denying that a mind wandering elsewhere resulted in a lack of interest. The players understand the reasons why he came out with what he did.

The 26-year-old returned to training for the first time on Friday after publicly stating he wants to leave the club last month.




Instrumental in helping Leicester City win the Premier League title two seasons ago, the Algerian star struggled during the last campaign. Shakespeare has though warned Mahrez not to down tools to force through a move. I've always had a decent relationship with him.

'Ultimately he's contracted to the football club and he has to be professional, ' Shakespeare said. 'We have to be professional with him but more importantly he has to be committed and I think he has to show supporters, staff and players that.

"It can be disappointing when players go public with it but I think you have to understand the modern game", Shakespeare said, reflecting on Mahrez's situation.

He said: "If he's selected he has to perform and if he doesn't show commitment he won't play. If they want to go and we get a bid, we'll reflect on it".



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