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Riyad Mahrez has ended Arsenal’s hope of signing him this summer by signing a new contract with Leicester City.
The midfielder was linked with a summer move to the Emirates with reports claiming Wenger was prepared to pay as much as €50m for his services. But the player has ended the club’s hope of signing him by agreeing a new four year deal with Leicester City.
The winger has now revealed why he chose to snub a move away from the club in favor of signing a new deal.
“I’m happy to continue my adventure with Leicester City,” he said.
“It’s been a pleasure to be here for the last two-and-a-half years, so I’m going to keep going here.
I live day after day. I’ve achieved good things with this club. All the players have said congratulations. It’s good – they are happy and it is good to keep all the players in the team.
“It’s important because last season we achieved the best thing we could in England. We’ve done an amazing season and it was important to keep the players to keep the same spirit as well.
“Our football has a lot of energy, so if all the players keep their mentalities right, I think we can do something good this year. I’m very happy to be here and I know the Club is happy to sign me, so I thank them as well.”
Mahrez is not the only Leicester player to have turned down a move to the Emirates this summer as Jamie Vardy also rejected a move to Arsenal in favor of signing a new deal at the club in June.