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Mahrez commits to champions Leicester

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Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez watches the ball during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. PHOTO/AFP.
Leicester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez watches the ball during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on May 7, 2016. PHOTO/AFP.

LONDON, United Kingdom, August 17 – Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has ended speculation about his immediate future by signing a new four-year contract with the English Premier League champions.

“Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce that Riyad Mahrez has signed a new contract, committing his future to the Foxes until June, 2020,” said a statement issued by the Midlands club on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Algeria winger was a key figure in Leicester’s shock run to the 2015/16 title, which saw the Foxes defy odds of 5,000/1, scoring 17 goals and being responsible for a further 11 assists.

His form last season saw Mahrez named Player of the Year by England’s Professional Footballers’ Association.

It was the latest chapter in a remarkable success story for Mahrez, who joined Leicester from French second division side Le Havre in January 2014.

Mahrez, in common with several of his Leicester team-mates, has been the subject of transfer speculation.

However, he has now joined the likes of club captain Wes Morgan, Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King in signing a deal that will keep him at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes host their first home game of the 2016/17 season this Saturday when Arsenal are the visitors.

Leicester began their title defence with a shock 2-1 loss away to Hull City last weekend.

 

 

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