Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare Break Silence On Mahrez Becoming A Gunner Soon

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Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare is set to hold talks with Arsenal target Riyad Mahrez about his imminent move out of the King Power Stadium this Summer transfer window.

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

The Algerian international continues to be linked with a move to the Emirate Stadium, he was close to signing for the Gunners last summer but opted out in signing a contract extension with the Foxes last summer.

However, the former PFA player failed to replicate the remarkable form he displayed in the 2015/2016 where he guided the Foxes in winning the Premier League.

Shakespeare revealed Mahrez has not handed in an official transfer request he also added he was unaware of any agreement to let Mahrez, who signed a new four-year deal worth £100,000-a-week last summer, leave.

And he will now discuss the Algeria international’s future with Leicester due to travel to Austria for a preseason training camp next week.

Shakespeare said: “When I sit down with him I’ll get an idea of where he’s at. With this being his first day we haven’t had a lot of time. Double sessions and it goes really quick. Before you know it, it’s 6 p.m. of an evening and you’re thinking you’ve got to go home for a shower.

“Him coming out, we know where it stands but ultimately he’s contracted to the football club. He has to be professional. 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.

“If he’s selected he has to perform and if he doesn’t show commitment he won’t play. He’s got a contract with us so he has to understand that.

“We haven’t had any bids and if we don’t have one, we’ve got no decision to make. The decision making comes when we have a bid and we can assess that when it happens.

 

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