By Russell Edge
Winger Riyad Mahrez believes that current side Leicester City will allow him to depart the King Power stadium this summer, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that Mahrez is certain that the Foxes will uphold an agreement made between the player and former manager Claudio Ranieri, which was to allow the Algerian winger to leave the club at the end of the season.
The agreement reportedly came about after Ranieri tried to convince Mahrez to remain at the club for at least another season after their Premier League success.
After committing to the club, he now wants the bargain to be upheld as he looks for a move which will allow him to continue to compete for trophies.
He is open to remaining in the Premier League, with Tottenham and Arsenal both said to be likely to reignite their interest in securing the 26-year-old’s signature, who is valued at £30m+ by Leicester.
The Telegraph claim that Tottenham made an enquiry over Mahrez in the January transfer window – a development that hasn’t come to light before, and will come as a shock to Spurs fans.
Ladbrokes currently have Mahrez at just 4/1 to sign for Tottenham.
Contracted until 2020, there is likely to be a hefty transfer battle over the Algerian if he does leave, with Spanish giants Barcelona also linked with making a move.
Football Insider verdict:
If silverware is what Mahrez is looking for, then he needs to calculate his next move very carefully. Tottenham have been in the title race for the last two seasons but have failed to produce the end goods. Arsenal meanwhile finished second last season and have endured a difficult league season, although they do have an FA Cup final to look forward to. However, neither side have managed to convince on the European stage, and it could be that Mahrez looks overseas to secure the success he so clearly craves. Barcelona and Marseille are both reportedly interested – a move to one of the best teams in the world or a move back to his homeland could prove very tempting.
In other Tottenham news, Malaga’s manager has given an update on the future of this £5.1million Pochettino target.