Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has said the Foxes are yet to receive any bids for Riyad Mahrez.
- Mahrez wants to leave Leicester, with Arsenal and Roma interested
- There has yet to be an official bid for him
It’s been a good few weeks since Mahrez publicly declared his intention to leave Leicester, but precious little has happened since.
Arsenal have been the most heavily linked, while Roma have recently expressed an interest as well, having been linked with a rejected £20m bid.
Interest, though, means little without a bid to back it up, and so far Leicester haven’t received any offers. “I think Riyad’s stated his position very clearly,” Shakespeare said at pre-friendly press conference.
“Mine is really simple that while he’s here, and while we’ve had no bids, and we haven’t had any bids officially, they’re all again speculation, he has to be committed to the football club.
“I have to say, in the two weeks he’s been back he’s been totally committed, he’s really trained well and that’s that. I think goings are inevitable at any football club, but until you actually get bids for your players, there’s no decision to be made.
“We want him to stay, I would like him to stay as a manager, but he’s stated his case clearly. But while he’s here I need that full commitment.”
There was some speculation that Arsenal could finally go for Mahrez if they couldn’t secure their first-choice target Thomas Lemar.
Despite the club’s efforts, it was recently reported that they’re losing confidence that a deal for Lemar could happen.
However, it remains to be seen if Arsenal will now turn their attention to Mahrez. Leicester want £50m for the winger and will be confident of sticking to that price now that Roma are also interested.