Arsene Wenger has been dealt another hammer blow in the persuit of a high class attacking addition to his Gunner’s squad, after Claudio Ranieri vetoed a potential purchase of prized asset Riyad Mahrez.
Arsenal looked to have been making ground in a 37m deal for the winger, only for Leicester’s Premier League boss to comment that he was confident the Algerian would be staying put.
Quizzed on the potential sale of the winger post Leicester’s friendly win over Celtic (in which the player scored this absolute stonker of a goal), Ranieri commented.
“Did you see how Riyad is happy? He played so well, worked so hard for the team, he scored a goal and he stays with us.
“It is very important (to keep him) he is one of our stars.
“Other teams maybe have more stars and maybe he doesn’t play at the same level, because maybe is on the bench so it is much better he stays with me.”
Asked if Mahrez was worth more than £40million, the Italian said:
“Maybe tomorrow some newspapers say £100million, that is good – keep going. It is only speculation.”