Claudio Ranieri says Rihad Mahrez free to join a ‘big club’ if he wants

by Sam Peoples

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has revealed he would not stop Riyad Mahrez from leaving the club this summer.

Mahrez has been in excellent form this season scoring 14 league goals and helping the Foxes remain at the top of the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has been linked with numerous clubs this summer, including Manchester United, and Ranieri has admitted he wouldn’t force the winger to remain at the club.

“We want to keep all our players. We believe in them,” Ranieri said. “But if a player comes to me and says, ‘Boss, I want to go there because it’s my ambition’, I’ll say, ‘Go and enjoy and have good luck’.

“I want only players who are happy to stay here. Sooner or later we will grow as a club and be a very good team but, of course, not like Barcelona or Real Madrid.”

Forcing players to stay at a club when they don’t want to be there is pretty much always a bad idea, so I supposed I’m not too surprised to hear Ranieri admit it. That being said, it’s a strange time for him to mention it given what’s happening with their season.

So, if United did want to go in for Mahrez, Leicester wouldn’t stand in the way of a move. Do you think we should consider a move for the Frenchman who has arguably been Player of the Year in the Premier League so far?


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