Man City target Riyad Mahrez refuses to rule out summer transfer

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Riyad Mahrez has refused to rule out a move away from Leicester in the summer but insists he is happy for now at the King Power Stadium.

The 27-year-old did not train for 10 days and missed two matches after his proposed transfer to Premier League leaders Manchester City collapsed in January.

Asked about what would happen when the transfer window opened again in the summer, Mahrez declined to commit his future to the Foxes.

He said in an interview with Sky Sports News: “I don’t want to want to talk about this, because first it will bring more rumours and more talk, and second we are very far away from this transfer window. My mind, focus is on Leicester, that’s all I’m focused on.

“In football players come, players leave. I’m not saying I’m going to leave, I’m going to go. Everything is very good. We will see in the summer if something comes, but at the moment I’m a Leicester City player and I’m good here.”

Mahrez insisted he faced no hostility from his team-mates following his failed move to City and is now firmly back in the Leicester fold.

And the Algeria international says the saga has not caused any tension within the club, even if he declined to confirm he would not seek another move in the summer.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City arrives at the stadium

He added: “I was away from here because I needed some time to think. We’ve moved on now. Everyone to be honest has been very good and it’s the past now.

“It was difficult but I spoke with the players, I spoke with the manager, I spoke with everyone. Everyone was OK, was good. Now it’s the past, it’s behind me.”

Mahrez added: “Manchester City is a good move for everyone, but it’s the past. I really don’t want to talk about this, because it’s behind me. If we start talking about this it’s like coming back to this transfer window and now I’m looking forward and trying to give my best for the team and that’s the most important.”

Asked if he had any regrets about how he handled the situation, he said: “You always have regrets, but at the time I thought it was the best thing to do. I have always been in contact with the club. The club handled it very well.

“I’ve been with these team-mates for four years now. They know me very well. We had some discussions and we moved on.”

Mahrez also brushed off the hoax retirement announcement posted on his Facebook page this week.

Mahrez said: “I wasn’t bothered. It won’t affect me, so I don’t know why they try to do that. I think everyone knew it had been hacked.”

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Riyad Mahrez insisted he faced no hostility from his Leicester team-mates following his failed move to Manchester City in the January transfer window.

The French winger went AWOL after his proposed transfer to the Premier League leaders collapsed, but is now firmly back in the Leicester fold.

And Mahrez says the saga has not caused any tension within the club, even if he declined to confirm he would not seek another move in the summer.

He said in an interview with Sky Sports News: “I was away from here because i needed some time to think. We’ve moved on now. Everyone to be honest has been very good and it’s the past now.

“It was difficult but I spoke with the players, I spoke with the manager, I spoke with everyone. Everyone was OK, was good. Now it’s the past, it’s behind me.”

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Simon Mignolet headlines our Rumour Mill as Liverpool goalkeeper edges closer to Anfield exit

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Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.

Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at five potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

SIMON MIGNOLET

Simon Mignolet

Benched: Simon Mignolet.

Napoli and Borussia Dortmund will do battle to sign the out-of-favour Liverpool goalkeeper this summer, according to DH.

The Belgian last featured for the Kop club in January and has lost his place to German Loris Karius in the first-team ranks at Anfield.

The 30-year-old, who has recently changed agents, is contracted to the Merseysiders until 2021 but is expected to leave at the end of the season.

Mignolet’s likely destination looks to be Serie A, with the Naples outfit keen to bring in the former Sunderland man to replace outgoing Pepe Reina. Dortmund, meanwhile, are focused on strengthening the shot-stopping position.

ANTHONY MARTIAL

Is he staying or going? There’s speculation over Martial’s future.

The Red Devils will rebuff summer interest from Italian giants Juventus for the Frenchman’s signature.

Martial has lost his place in Jose Mourinho’s side to January signing Alexis Sanchez, but according to The Times, United don’t want to allow the forward to leave.

The ex-Monaco ace’s contract expires at the end of next season but so far talks have stalled over new terms.

It remains to be seen whether the Old Lady will launch a lucrative summer charge for the 22-year-old.

RYAN SESSEGNON

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham celebrtes victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sheffield United at Craven Cottage on March 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Rising star: Sessegnon.

The Fulham prodigy has apparently revealed he wants to join Liverpool next season, the Daily Express reports.

At just 17, the left-back-cum-winger is attracting plenty of attention after a stellar season for the Championship side, with Chelsea and Tottenham also in the mix to sign him.

However, the Craven Cottage club will not allow the home-grown prospect to move cheaply and command at least £10m (Dh51m) up front, plus various, and lucrative, add-ons further down the line.

Interestingly, Ryan is the cousin of former West Brom man Stephane.

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