LONDON, Sporting Alert — Riyad Mahrez released a statement on Tuesday confirming that he is ready to leave Leicester City.
Mahrez, who reportedly asked to leave Leicester City last season after the Foxes won the English Premier League title, is apparently pushing for a summer exit after he formed the bosses “I feel now is the time for me to move on.”
A statement from the player read: “Out of the huge admiration and respect, I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.
“I had a good discussion with the Chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.
“However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience.”
Mahrez played an integral part in Leicester City’s run to the English Premier League title during the 2016/17 season, but looked well below his best during the just-concluded term in which the Foxes flirted with relegation and sacked Claudio Ranieri.
He added: “I’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with the Chairman and everyone at the club, and I hope I have been able to repay the faith shown to me by my performances and commitment on the pitch during my time here.
“I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League Champions.
“The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans is something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.”