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Published: 19:47 | 17/8/16

Mahrez signs new Leicester deal


Riyad Mahrez has ended speculation about his immediate future by signing a new improved contract to stay with Leicester City until 2020.

Having been strongly linked with a big-money move to Arsenal, the reigning PFA Player of the Year has instead agreed to stay with the Premier League champions.

"Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce that Riyad Mahrez has signed a new contract, committing his future to the Foxes until June, 2020," a club statement read.

"The reigning PFA Players’ Player of the Year signs new terms after playing a starring role in City’s unforgettable Premier League title triumph last season – the latest stage of a remarkable journey for the 25-year-old Algerian in Leicester City colours.

"Signed from Le Havre of the French second tier in January 2014, Riyad’s two-and-a-half-year spell with Leicester has seen him establish himself as an Algeria international, a Premier League champion and one of the most feared attacking players in Europe.

"He scored 17 goals and contributed 11 assists last season in the most remarkable title triumph in Premier League history."

The news will come as a blow to Arsenal and their expectant fans as Mahrez followed team-mate Jamie Vardy in snubbing a move to north London in favour of remaining with the Foxes.

While Vardy turned down the Gunners and signed an improved contract after they triggered a release clause in his contract, it is unclear how advanced negotiations were for Mahrez to join Arsenal.

With Mahrez and Vardy now committed to Leicester, Claudio Ranieri will be delighted with keeping two of his three main stars of their title-winning campaign with N'Golo Kante having signed for Chelsea last month.

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