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Mahrez wants to play for a top-six Premier League club – Shakespeare

Leicester City manager, Craig Shakespeare, has reaffirmed Riyad Mahrez wants to play for a top-six side but says Leicester are yet to receive any bids from England’s biggest clubs.

Shakespeare said the Algerian still wants a transfer away and though Roma have seen two bids rejected, the second worth £32million, the former PFA Player of the Year would prefer to stay in the Premier League.

“He wants to play for a top-six club”,said the Leicester manager.

“If we don’t get an offer from a top-six club, he stays. If that offer comes in and it’s not enough, he stays. It is quite clear for me at the moment, he has made that statement but he is our player”.

Mahrez has been Leicester’s best player in pre-season and was a creative presence for an hour of the 2-1 friendly defeat at Burton Albion.

“I picked him for 60 minutes, he performed. Is it doing my head in? It’s part and parcel of the transfer window. If you let it, it can affect you. But my job is to make sure the players are focused on every training session and every game,” he concluded.

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