English Premiership

Mahrez worth over £100m to Leicester - Puel

Riyad Mahrez (Supplied)
Riyad Mahrez (Supplied)

London - Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez could be worth even more than £100 million if he leaves Leicester City at the end of the season, Foxes manager Claude Puel said on Monday.

"It is speculation and we cannot respond to all the speculation with information," Puel told a press conference. "Perhaps, in the summer he will cost even more than 100m.

"It is always the same thing about Riyad. It is just rumours, noise about him and other players," added Puel of Mahrez, one of the stars of Leicester's shock Premier League title triumph in 2015/16.

"We can see Riyad smiling and enjoying his football and enjoying playing with his team-mates and it is the same in training.

"After the training session, he continues to play head tennis, and I want him to get more rest.

"All the rumours and speculation about Riyad, do the reporters want him to leave the club?"

Mahrez, however, asked to leave the Midlands club in pre-season but only Roma made a firm offer, with the Italian side's 32 million proposal not enough to persuade Leicester to sell.

A sign of the increasingly high prices clubs are prepared to pay for players came when Dutch star Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton for £75 million earlier this month, a world record fee for a defender.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Mon 23 Nov 20 22:00 PM (SAST)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Southampton
Molineux Stadium
Fri 27 Nov 20 22:00 PM (SAST)
Crystal Palace
Newcastle United
Selhurst Park
Sat 28 Nov 20 14:30 PM (SAST)
Brighton & Hove Albion
Liverpool
The American Express Community Stadium
Results
Mon 23 Nov 20
Burnley 1
Crystal Palace 0
Sun 22 Nov 20
Liverpool 3
Leicester City 0
Sun 22 Nov 20
Leeds United 0
Arsenal 0
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Tottenham Hotspur
9
6
20
2. Liverpool
9
6
20
3. Chelsea
9
5
18
4. Leicester City
9
6
18