Albrighton: Foxes need to keep Mahrez

Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton hopes that reports linking Riyad Mahrez with a move to Arsenal are false, as alleged by both Claudio Ranieri.

Despite the Foxes boss' denial that a €50million move is being discussed, Albrighton is understandably concerned over the loss of another one of Leicester's star players.

N'Golo Kante's move to Chelsea has caused concern that the Premier League champions will not be capable of keeping hold of their key players and won't be able to defend their title this coming season as a result.

"Hopefully what the manager says is right," the winger said after their International Champions Cup win over Celtic. "You like to hear the likes of Riyad and Vards [Jamie Vardy] are staying and want to continue what we keep achieving.

"A player of his quality is always going to attract attention from other clubs and the media are only going to keep that up, which you can understand, but as far as Riyad's concerned he's a level headed guy and he does his talking on the pitch – he proved that today.

"You want to keep all your best players. Obviously N'Golo [Kante] we can only thank for being there last season and helping us to what we achieved. He was outstanding on and off the field, a great guy and as players we wish him all the best for the future."

The 26-year-old went on to express his admiration for the club's new signings Ahmed Musa and Nampalys Mendy.

"Musa looks sharp, quick – he likes to stretch defences," he said. "I don't think he had too many chances to do that today but I think with the games that are coming this pre-season he'll have plenty of opportunities.

"He's a player that'll excite the fans from what we've seen already – he's one to look forward to.

"Mendy's the same in the middle," Albrighton continued "He dominated the first half, got himself on the ball, didn't look out of place, didn't shy away from the ball – he wanted it. He made some good passes at times which we need with N'Golo gone. I thought he was brilliant."

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