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Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez confirms Arsenal approach

HULL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Hull City and Lei
Image: Riyad Mahrez has confirmed Arsenal tried to sign him last summer

Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez has confirmed Arsenal tried to sign him last summer but the Premier League champions refused to sell.

Mahrez, who was a key component in Leicester's march to the title last season, was continually linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium during the transfer window but a move never materialised.

However, the Algeria international has revealed there was an approach from Arsenal but he refused to force through a move with Claudio Ranieri determined to keep him at the King Power Stadium.

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"There was contact with Arsenal," Mahrez told Canal Football Club.

"But Leicester wanted to keep me and I was pretty expensive.

"I did not want to create a conflict when the offer came in."

Riyad Mahrez has been elected by Leicester City's supporters as their player of the year
Image: Mahrez signed a new deal to keep him at Leicester until 2020

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.

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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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City show emotion after the final whistle during The FA Community Shield match between Leicester Cit
Image: Mahrez has scored just once in seven Premier League appearances this season

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."

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