Manager Confirms: Arsenal’s £100m-rated target wants to stay at the club

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Leicester City manager Claude Puel claims that £100m-rated Riyad Mahrez wants to stay at Leicester City amid interest from Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Merseyside Reds have a £142m hole burning in their pockets after the transfer of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and they are ready to splash the money to sign a quality replacement.

However, the Foxes chief Claude Puel, whose side hosted Watford today, is confident that Algerian forward is keen on to remain at King Power Stadium.

“He is enjoying playing for Leicester with his team-mates,” said the Frenchman, who has recently claimed that Mahrez worth around £100m.

“This is the most important thing – we have this good feeling that the player wants to stay with us.

“I just think it is important for us to keep a good feeling with our player.”

Former Swansea boss has made Algerian as the captain of the Foxes for their FA Cup replay against Fleetwood and has been grateful for his attitude.

“You can see in his game – he’s enjoying it,” said the Foxes chief. “He was captain in the last game and a good one,”

Another key to the Foxes hopes of keeping Algerian is the firm stance of the clubs owner-chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

“My boss – the owner – will decide,” added Puel. “I cannot say this player stays and nothing is possible because I’m not the owner.”