By Dominic Toner

Riyad Mahrez is distracted by the reported interest from Arsenal, according to Claudio Ranieri.

Eurosport reported earlier this week week that the Algerian midfielder was close to following N’Golo Kante out of the Leicester exit door and imminently join Arsenal in a £42million deal.

The current PFA Player of the Year is still in talks over a move to the Emirates according to the Express and is yet to make up his mind about where he will play next season.

Ranieri has admitted that Mahrez’s head had been turned by the attention and had some sound advice for the Leicester ace.

“Maybe Riyad is distracted a bit by all of these rumours and speculation,” Ranieri said as quoted by the Mail Online. “But that is also an experience for my players.

“It is important that he understands that he should stay with us. He has to improve his fitness and play for them as well (as) last season.”

Whilst Ranieri is persistent in his stance that he will not lose his star player, rival manager Arsene Wenger could still have hope of landing the playmaker.

The Algeria international was the standout performer for the Premier League champions in their title triumph last season with 17 league goals and 10 assists, while forming a highly productive partnership with Jamie Vardy.

He joined from Le Havre, who play in the French Ligue 2, midway through the 2013-14 season and helped Leicester earn a return to the Premier League.

Mahrez has been training with Leicester during this pre-season and grabbed himself a goal in the International Champions Cup against Celtic, after he completed a trademark run past the defenders and curled the ball inside the far post with his left foot.

Wenger has already managed to strengthen his squad this summer brinGing in youngsters Rob Holding and Takuma Asano, as well as Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Forward target Alvaro Morata will not be joining the North-London club this summer after his manager Zinedine Zidane revealed he has a future at Real Madrid this season.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Twitter has reacted to the club reportedly lining up a £15million bid for a Manchester United academy graduate.