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Mahrez has been sensational for the Foxes.

Arjen Robben believes Leicester City must prepare for fight to keep Riyad Mahrez

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What a season it’s been for Leicester City.

This time last year, under the guidance of Nigel Pearson, the Foxes narrowly escaped relegation from the Premier League and were widely tipped to struggle once again this campaign.

And yet, following the arrival of Claudio Ranieri and the rise of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, Leicester are a mere three points away from securing the title.

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The Foxes’ transformation over the past year has been nothing short of magical and captivated football fans from start to finish, with the vast majority now spurring Vardy and co. on to the finish - unless you’re a Tottenham or Arsenal supporter.

Support branches further than just the fans, though, with Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben backing them to claim an historic Premier League title.

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Speaking to Match of the Day Magazine, per the Daily Mail, the Dutchman said: “I’ve seen them once or twice and they are a very strong team.

“Of course if you speak before the season no one would have mentioned Leicester as a title favourite, but I’m very happy, especially for the manager (Ranieri).”

However, amongst all the positivity and hype surrounding the King Power Stadium, Robben has a warning for the club.

Leicester’s star player this season has undoubtedly been PFA Player of the Year Mahrez, scorer and provider of 17 and 11 goals respectively thus far.

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The Algerian signed for the Foxes in 2014 for £400,000 but has seen his stock rise considerably, resulting in a number of Europe’s elite sides expressing interest.

And Robben, who knows a little something about being a highly sought-after player, believes Leicester face a fight to keep him this summer.

“From what I’ve seen, especially more from what I’ve heard, he’s very good,” he continued.

“He’s a very talented player, that’s maybe the only negative thing about it. Because they’re doing so well, other clubs will probably be hunting.

“He looks very good - the way they play as a team is impressive.”

Mahrez isn’t the only player whose future is uncertain in the East Midlands, with 23-goal Vardy and N’Golo Kante also attracting considerable interest across Europe, especially so the latter.

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The France international has enjoyed a superb debut campaign in the Premier League, so much so that he was not only named in the PFA Team of the Year but finds himself targeted by Arsenal in a summer deal worth £20 million.

Robben also had some kind words for manager Ranieri, who signed the Bayern winger for Chelsea in 2004.

He added: “I think he’s a great guy and it’s true he signed me. I had only one or two meetings with him, but it was good and I was looking forward to working with him.

“I’m very happy for him. All credit to him.”

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