Mahrez open to Leicester departure – agent


Riyad Mahrez’s agent Kamel Bengougam has revealed that the Leicester City star is open to joining Barcelona at the end of the season if a good offer comes in for the player.

The Algerian who won the PFA Player of the Year has scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists in a sensational campaign to help Claudio Ranieri’s men win the premier league title with two games to spare.

The 25-year-old’s form has caught the attention of European football heavyweights such as Barcelona and Real Madrid but the player is a huge fan of the Catalan giants and that may just swing his decision to move to the club at the end of the current season.

“Yes of course there is a possibility [Mahrez will move],” Bengougam said.

“When you have been playing the way Riyad has this season it is bound to attract attention. He is very happy with Leicester and of course it has been a fantastic season.

“They will play in the Champions League next year as well so he would be happy to stay.

“But at his age if the opportunity comes to play for a big team then we would have to think about it. I’d say it’s 50-50 at the moment whether he stays or goes.”

He added: “We have interest from the UK and overseas. We will have to see what develops over the next few weeks.”