Mahrez admits he knew Arsenal were interested

Mahrez admits he knew Arsenal were interested

Riyad Mahrez has admitted Arsenal made an approach for him during the summer, but he didn't try to force through a move from Leicester.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was coy over the reported interest in the PFA Player of the Year, with sources in France suggesting Mahrez was interested in a switch to north London.

But, although the Algeria international admits there was interest from Arsenal, he says he never encouraged their approaches.

"There was contact with Arsenal," Mahrez told Canal Football Club .

"But Leicester wanted to keep me and I was pretty expensive.

"I did not want to create a conflict when the offer came in.

"Personally, I think it is a good thing I stayed put - it's now up to me to prove myself again."

The 25-year-old has also reflected on a previous approach made by Marseille soon after he joined the Foxes in 2014.

"I would never have gone there," he insisted. "I was fine at Leicester. I had arrived in the Premier League, I was playing matches. Since I have experienced England, I have never wanted to return to France.

"Playing for Marseille? No, it is not like it was before. Marseille were my youth. I used to really like Marseille, I watched all their matches in the era of Drobga and Ribery. I no longer have this point of view."