Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri has called for Riyad Mahrez to stay at the club. Asking him to stay a star at the club, and not just a player elsewhere.
Mahrez is continually linked with a move away from the foxes, as Arsenal plan to sign the Algeria international.
Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan have signed contract renewals. And N’golo Kante has quit the club for Chelsea.
Ranieri hopes he can keep Mahrez, telling the Algeria international he needed to be careful about moving elsewhere.
“I think Mahrez for us is very important. He’s our light. If he goes to another big team, there are so many lights, so many stars, why? Stay with us, it’s much better,” he told ESPN.
“He’s our champion. If he goes to another team, there are so many champions.
“He knows me, I know him very well and I understand when he plays so-so and I keep him on the pitch, maybe another manager when he plays so-so, there are so many other stars and [they’ll] put him on the bench.
“For Riyad, it is important you give him confidence, but if you put him on the bench, he gets down.
“I think, I hope he can stay with us because it’s important for us but also it’s important a lot for him.”
Ranieri was delighted Vardy, who scored 24 league goals last season, opted to snub Arsenal.
He revealed how he tried to convince Kante to stay before the former Caen midfielder opted for his Chelsea switch.
Ranieri said: “I could understand N’Golo Kante. We bought him from a little team in France, he came with us, all the world was speaking about N’Golo.”
He added: “I said, ‘If you stay with us one year more, you play Champions League, you improve, experience everything and next season you can go to the big teams’.
“But these words weren’t good and he wanted to go and I can wish him all the best.”