Ranieri: ‘Mahrez needs to be loved’

Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri believes Riyad Mahrez would be a perfect fit for Roma. “He needs to be loved.”

The Giallorossi have seen another €35m (£31.6m) offer for the Algeria international rejected this evening.

Mahrez had stated he wanted Leicester to accept the proposal so he could “talk to” Roma, but that seems increasingly difficult.

“He’s a great player, but one who needs to be loved, taken by the hand and embraced by the Roma fans,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia.

“If he has that kind of atmosphere around him, then he can show all the wonderful talent at his disposal.”

Ranieri is the new Coach of Nantes and today lost the opening game of the Ligue 1 season, falling 3-0 to Lille.