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Published: 12:06 | 16/1/16

Mahrez focused on Leicester


Riyad Mahrez says he is focused on Leicester’s Premier League title challenge and has no intention of leaving the club this January.

The Algerian has been the key player in Leicester’s astonishing season, contributing 13 goals and seven assists to help the Foxes to second place in the Premier League table, level on points with leaders Arsenal after 21 matches.

Mahrez, who was signed from French Ligue 2 side Le Havre in January 2014, is now reportedly attracting interest from Premier League giants Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, but the 24-year-old insists he is happy at the King Power Stadium.

“Of course it is nice, but I do not think about things like that,” he told Sky’s Soccer Saturday.

“When you hear some things, it is normal. I do not really care about things like that. I just focus on my club and season and we will see what happens.”

Mahrez says Leicester are “keeping the dream alive” following Wednesday’s impressive 1-0 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Claudio Ranieri’s side travel to Birmingham to take on bottom club Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday evening, before meeting Stoke City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium over the following two Premier League weekends.

The real test of the Foxes’ title credentials will arguably come in February, when they travel on successive weekends to take on Manchester City and Arsenal.

“We take it game by game and it is fantastic for the team and club and is amazing to be top of the league for a long time,” Mahrez continued.

“We are dreaming at the moment and it is fantastic.”

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