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Published: 10:07 | 17/8/16

Mahrez could be tempted to leave Foxes


Riyad Mahrez would be tempted to leave Leicester if 'two or three' of the world's biggest clubs expressed an interest in signing him.

Last season's PFA Player of the Year has been linked with a move to Arsenal, while reports have also suggested that Real Madrid and Barcelona are keen on the Algeria international.

As of last week there had been no approaches for the player but the 25-year-old winger has said he would be tempted to move away from Leicester for one of the biggest clubs.

"When there is a Brazilian who is lighting things up, he is at Real Madrid before you know it! For us, it is a little harder, we have to do more," Mahrez told France Football.

"It (the Premier League) is a super league and I would like to stay here as long as possible. But now there are two or three clubs in the world that if they come for me it definitely makes you think, if you understand what I am trying to say."

Leicester enjoyed a fairy-tale run to the Premier League title last season but their title defence began with a 2-1 defeat away to Hull and Mahrez believes they will find it very difficult to retain the crown this year.

"We know that Leicester will not win the league again. We are not Manchester United or Chelsea," he said.

"But success would look like becoming part of the cohort of solid clubs in the Premier League, consistently.

"You are always having to prove yourself. Now, people are expecting things from us. And we'll have to respond because nobody will do us any favours."

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