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Leicester City’s and Algerian international Riyad Mahrez has confirmed Arsenal tried to sign him back in the summer but the Premier League champions refused to sell.
The Algerian international, who was a key player in the Foxes last campaign, was continually linked with a move to the Emirates during the transfer window but a move never materialized.
However, he has revealed there was an approach from the North London club in the summer but he refused to force through a move with Claudio Ranieri determined to him at the stadium.
He said quoted by Canal Football Club, “There was contact with Arsenal,” “But Leicester wanted to keep me and I was pretty expensive. “I did not want to create a conflict when the offer came in.”
Mahrez eventually drew a line under the speculation surrounding his future by signing a new contract with Leicester, tying him to the club until 2020.
The 25-year-old, who was named PFA Player of the Year last season, has so far failed to live up to the heights of last season, scoring once in seven appearances in the Premier League.
And Mahrez, who scored 17 goals in the league last season, insists he has to prove himself once again after opting to stay with Leicester.
“Personally, I think it is a good thing I stayed put,” Mahrez added.
“It’s now up to me to prove myself again.”