× Sports Football Rugby Olympics Volleyball and Handball Cricket Boxing Golf Hockey Tennis Gossip & Rumours World Cup 2018 Basketball Athletics Sports Premier League Eliud Kipchoge Women in Sports Unique Sports Opinion Motorsport Videos Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
×
SPORTS

Mahrez 'distracted' by transfer talk, says Ranieri

FOOTBALL By Reuters | August 1st 2016

Speculation about a possible transfer to Premier League rivals Arsenal has unsettled Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, manager Claudio Ranieri has said.

The 25-year-old Algeria international, who signed from Ligue 2 side Le Havre in 2014, has become a hot property after scoring 17 league goals and winning the PFA Player of the Year during Leicester's remarkable title-winning campaign.

Leicester have already had to fight off advances from Arsenal to keep striker Jamie Vardy, but lost midfielder N'Golo Kante to Chelsea for a reported fee of 32 million pounds ($42.38 million).

"Maybe Riyad is distracted a bit by all of these rumours and speculation," Ranieri told British media. "But that is also an experience for my players. It is important that he understands that he should stay with us.

"He has to improve his fitness and play for the team as well as last season."

Leicester, beaten 4-0 by French champions Paris St Germain in a friendly in California on Saturday, kick off their title defence with a trip to newly-promoted Hull City on Aug. 13.

 

 

Share this story
Chelsea preparing £68million Romelu Lukaku bid as Everton play hardball over star striker
Everton have told Chelsea that Romelu Lukaku will start the season with them unless they meet his staggering £75million valuation.
Kenyans: Spare our Olympians from Internet trolling
It’s so big, the Olympic Games. You have to be there 100 per cent. The past few days has been a roller coaster of emotions for Kenyan Olympians.
.
RECOMMENDED NEWS
Feedback