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Mahrez furious with Leicester over Arsenal delays


Craig Shakespeare is aiming for talks with Riyad Mahrez over his Leicester future but plans to tell the winger that any lack of commitment in training will see him dropped.

The Mirror says Mahrez has been left fuming with Leicester after Arsenal made a £40million bid to land Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

The Algeria worldwide wants to join the Gunners and feels his club are backtracking on a vow made to him when he snubbed an exit to sign a new contract last summer.

If bringing in major additions is a priority, so should be getting rid of Riyad Mahrez without being too stubborn, as a few million pounds earned here may cost Leicester City a price that they won't be able to afford.

'We haven't had any bids and if we don't have one, we've got no decision to make. Can it be disappointing when a player comes out publicly? Yes. But more importantly he has to be committed and I think he has to show supporters, staff and players that. Shakespeare has though warned Mahrez not to down tools to force through a move.


'With making a statement like that of course it's how you're accepted by the other players, ' Shakespeare added.

The Leicester manager confirmed Mahrez will definitely be in the squad that travels to Austria for a pre-season training camp and in the party that goes on to Hong Kong later in the month to compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Remember, trying to keep hold of him won't send the best possible message to players of Demarai Gray, Ben Chilwell and Kelechi Iheanacho's calibre, who could all exercise their apparently unalienable right to issue a "come and get me plea" at the expense of the club some day.

"I've always had that decent relationship with him". If he's selected, he has to perform and, if he doesn't show commitment, he won't play. But if players want to go, ultimately they have contracts and they have to honour them.

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