No bids for Mahrez, says Leicester boss Shakespeare

Riyad Mahrez may be keen to leave Leicester City but the Premier League side has yet to receive any offer from his reported suitors.

Riyad Mahrez (left) intends to leave Leicester City.   -  Getty Images

Craig Shakespeare has reiterated Leicester City has yet to receive an offer for Riyad Mahrez despite the Algeria international being heavily linked with Arsenal and Roma.

The future of Mahrez has been uncertain since Leicester dramatically won the Premier League title in 2015-16, the 26-year-old opting to stay last season to be part of its Champions League campaign.

After the Foxes finished 12th in 2016-17 the forward confirmed his intention to leave the King Power Stadium by releasing a statement in May, but he remains a Leicester player.

 

Reports have suggested Roma has moved to the front of the queue for Mahrez's signature in recent days, but Shakespeare insists there have still been no official approaches. "I think Riyad's stated his position very clearly," Shakespeare said at a media conference ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

"Mine is really simple that while he's here, and while we've had no bids, and we haven't had any bids officially, they're all again speculation, he has to be committed to the football club. I have to say, in his two weeks he's been back he's been totally committed, he's really trained well and that's that.  I think goings are inevitable at any football club, but until you actually get bids for your players, there's no decision to be made.

"We want him to stay, I would like him to stay as a manager, but he's stated his case clearly; while he's here I need that full commitment."

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