Riyad Mahrez will not leave Leicester City in January according to Claude Puel

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City
Image: Riyad Mahrez is enjoying his football at Leicester according to Claude Puel

Leicester City will not be allowing Riyad Mahrez to leave in January, the club's manager Claude Puel has confirmed.

Mahrez has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Liverpool, and has been in resurgent form since Puel's arrival at the King Power Stadium.

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But the Frenchman says he will not consider allowing Mahrez to leave in this window, with the only potential high-profile outgoing being Islam Slimani, because he has "six strikers for only two positions."

Asked about Mahrez, Puel said: "It's not a question in our mind. All the noise is just speculation.

"Of course we are in the transfer window and it's normal for all the best players [to be linked with transfers], but I'm not afraid about this because there's a fantastic spirit and good attitude in this squad.

"I have confidence in Riyad. We spoke a lot with him, [about] different things, and often about football, because he likes football a lot. He is now with good maturity, good experience of life, and we can see this in this game.

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"He has a fantastic influence on the team, a valuable player for the team. We can see he is enjoying his football and is happy with his team-mates and with us. It's important for us to keep our best players.

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"The good ambition for him is to continue this hard work, to show his consistency game after game, until the end of the season.

"He has come back at a good level: he is clinical, with assists, with goals, and it's important he continues this work and shows people the player he is, without the ball [and] with it. He is making progress. It's a good thing of course [that] he continues all season with us."

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