Riyad Mahrez: I thought Leicester City was a rugby club before I signed for them

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Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez has revealed he was unaware of the club's existence before joining them two years ago.

The Algerian has been a revelation alongside Jamie Vardy this campaign, helping the Foxes along their way to potentially securing a first ever Premier League title.

Leicester currently sit top of the English top-flight with 60 points after 29 games, five and eight above Tottenham and Arsenal respectively, after sealing a hard-fought victory over Watford on Saturday.


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Mahrez arrived at the King Power Stadium in 2014 from Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre for a paltry £400,000 but is now valued somewhere in the region of £20 million.

The Algeria international has scored 15 league goals and assisted 11 so far this campaign and is well in contention for the Player of the Year award at the end of the season.

Regarding his knowledge of the club prior to his move, Mahrez told FourFourTwo, as per the Independent: "I didn’t know Leicester.

"In France we really didn’t really [know them] because they were in the Championship. I thought they were a rugby club."

The midfielder did, however, commend the club's facilities and revealed them as the main reason behind his move.

"I was like 'I don’t know' but then I came here to see the facilities and they were good. I do not regret signing for them, it’s the best club I’ve ever been at."

Mahrez's fortunes could be about to considerably change for the better, though, with a host of European heavyweights in the running to sign him this summer.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Arsenal are all reportedly interested, but winning the Premier League title with Leicester could convince the 25-year-old to stay put.

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