Riyad Mahrez will be a man in serious demand this summer following a remarkable season with Leicester City.
The Algeria international deservedly picked up the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year award on Sunday night and has been linked in recent weeks with some of Europe’s top clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Arsenal.
Mahrez has scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists in the Premier League this season and could be forgiven if he was tempted to leave the King Power Stadium in the summer - despite the fact Leicester will be competing in next season’s Champions League.
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However, Mahrez has been urged to stay put at Leicester - by his mum.
“I really hope Riyad stays at Leicester,” Mrs Mahrez was quoted as saying by The Sun. “They have opened up the doors to glory for him.
“They are a club that suits him perfectly, so that is why I wish to see my son continue his career with them and remain in England.
“I want him to stay put, and strongly advise him to stay in the Premier League. England is the country where he has made his name and where he has been voted the country’s best player.
“He has adapted really well to life over here. Even though he has the final decision, I would love him to stay.”
Mahrez's mum delighted with son's PFA award
On her son winning the PFA Player of the Year award, Mrs Mahrez continued: “You cannot imagine how happy I am at Riyad winning the PFA award.
“It is the joy of a mother who has seen her son succeed at the highest level.
“I prayed so much for him and thank God he has been rewarded for all the hard work he has put in since he was a child.”
Mahrez has always loved football - mum
Like a typical mum, Mrs Mahrez then revealed what her son was like when he was little - and it’ll come as no shock to hear that he was a football-obsessive from the start.
“He has loved playing football since he was tiny,” she added. “Even at home he would pick up any object that was handy and use it as a ball.
“When he was at school the teachers often called me in to complain about the fact he was playing football non-stop.
“He has never stopped working and I am so proud of him. It is a really strong feeling.
“My family originate from Algeria and I am happy both for my son and my home country.
“I want to thank all the Algerian people who have become Leicester fans because of him.”
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