On Saturday, there were plenty of unconfirmed reports linking Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez with a sensational move to Arsenal.
The Algerian was instrumental in the Foxes’ magnificent Premier League triumph last season as Claudio Ranieri’s side pulled off an incredible 5000/1 feat to lift the title.
Mahrez’s 17 goals and 12 assists in the league saw him deservedly named as the PFA Player of the Year. But after his amazing performances, Leicester knew it would be a struggle to keep hold of their winger over the summer months.
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However, it’s a case of so far so good for the champions as Mahrez has returned to training and is currently playing friendlies for Leicester - despite reported interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid and the Gunners.
And it was during Leicester’s latest friendly that Mahrez reminded everyone just how good he was.
Leicester were taking on Celtic in the International Champions Cup, but the two leagues winners, of England and Scotland respectively, played out a drab goalless 45 minutes.
But, with Mahrez on the pitch, there was always going to be a chance of a piece of magic. And that’s exactly what he produced.
Early in the second-half, the 25-year-old received the ball on the right-wing and, with his incredible footwork, managed to create a yard of space before curling the ball expertly past Craig Gordon.
Take a look at the brilliant strike:
Some of you may remember Mahrez scoring a very similar goal against Chelsea last season at the King Power stadium. Take a look, and compare that strike, below.
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