Back in May he made it very clear publishing a statement, he wants out, he feels his job at Leicester City is done, but… only thing is, no official offer for him has arrived yet at the club.
Riyad Mahrez may want to make a step forward in his career, but as long as no club knocks on Leicester’s door, he is ‘stuck’ there, and he’s not even guaranteed a starting spot next season at the Foxes, unless he really gives his best.
It can be disappointing when players go public with it, but I think you have to understand the modern game. Sometimes outside influences are secondary behind that and there can be reasons for that. Him coming out, we know where it stands, but ultimately he’s contracted to the football club
Craig Shakespeare, Leicester City’s manager told reporters.
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
Claudio Ranieri’s successor added, sending a clear message to the Algeria international.
Shakespeare did try though to… soften up his tone a little bit in the end, saying
I need to really sit down with him one-to-one and see where he’s at in his head and how he feels. I’ve always had a decent relationship with him.
As for how many offers Leicester have received for Mahrez, Shakespeare was clear.
We haven’t had any bids and, if we don’t have one, we’ve got no decision to make. If we get a bid, we’ll reflect on it
the Leicester City manager said.