‘Nothing concrete for Mahrez’

Leicester City’s vice-President denies there has been an official bid from Roma for Riyad Mahrez.

The Giallorossi are known to be interested in the winger, and are believed to be confident they can secure a deal to sign him.

Having initially denied there had been a bid, Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare said yesterday that an offer had been rejected because it was too low.

“Actually, there’s no real offer at the moment,” vice-President Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha insisted, as reported by FourFourTwo.

“We know his potential, but he also has to adapt to the team. If he performs well, he’ll have his chance in the team.

“Change is ordinary in football. I believe every player wants to play, obviously with big clubs. Mahrez also has his dream. [There is] nothing concrete at the moment, and he is still a Leicester City player.

“The transfer market now is really difficult to work with. I saw reports say that ‘the offer’s not good enough’; actually, there’s no offer at all.

“Or, if there is one, it will be lower than those expensive done deals for players that never won the PFA [award], no Champions League stint, [have] never been on [the] Ballon d’Or shortlist.

“I don’t set the exact price tag, as we don’t want to sell him. Reporters can have their say. I didn’t say £40m, £50m or £100m because I really don’t know.

“You have to consider his value at the moment he left, and [the] value of his replacement accordingly. I can’t see a player like Mahrez or a decent replacement in the market right now.”