Leicester City’s star striker, Riyad Mahrez, has announced that he wants to leave the English club and pursue other opportunities.
In a statement released by Mahrez on Tuesday, the Algerian international says that he is ready to move on, and has asked the club to let him go during the current transfer window.
“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,” he said.
He continued, saying that he had promised the club he would stay on for another season after their EPL win in the 2015/2016 season and that he has kept his end of the bargain.
“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,” he concluded.
Mahrez was instrumental in the Foxes’ fairytale-like Premier League win last season, having scored 17 goals for the club during their campaign.
He was also awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year last season.
There has been no official word as to where Mahrez will transfer to, but rumours have suggested that big English clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea have shown interest in pursuing Mahrez.