Mahrez rules out January departure

Leicester city have received a welcome boost with the news that Riyad Mahrez has ruled out a departure away from the King Power Stadium in January.

The 24-year-old has been in sublime form for the top-of-the-table Foxes this season, bagging 11 goals whilst also providing seven assists.

His contribution has most certainly not gone unnoticed by some of Europe's biggest clubs, leading to suggestions that the Algeria international could be tempted to make a move away from Leicester in the January transfer window.

While he did not rule out a departure at the end of the current campaign, Mahrez made it abundantly clear that he would not seek a move away at the turn of the year.

"The best for me would be to stay," Mahrez told French radio station RMC. "I am not going to leave in January, it won't be good for my team if I leave.

"If they lose a player like me, Vardy or Kanté, it can penalize the team. I prefer to continue until the end of the season."

When asked about Leicester's title prospects, Mahrez was quick to point out that Leicester do not have the required squad depth to mount a sustained challenge.

"We are on top, but it doesn't mean anything," he said. "The big guys will wake up at some point.

"We won't be champions! We don't have broad enough shoulders. The other squads have more depth. They will take over at some point."