Reigning CAF African Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez, has announced his readiness to leave the former English champions, Leicester City, this summer.
The 26-year-old Algeria international joined the Premier League side from French club Le Havre for a reported £400,000 in 2014, and helped the Foxes win the top-flight title in 2016.
Mahrez, who mentioned that he had wanted to leave the club last summer but was persuaded to stay for another season by the club chairman, said this is the best time for him to move on.
In a statement Mahrez wrote: “Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester I wanted to be totally honest and transparent. I have informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.
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“I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.
“I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment.”
Mahrez was voted PFA player of the year in 2016, and made 48 appearances this season for Leicester, scoring 10 goals and providing seven assists as Leicester recovered from a poor start to finish 12th in the league.
It was his success in the club during the last campaign that earned him higher votes over Gabon’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane in the race for the Best Player on the African continent.
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