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Wednesday Jan 17, 2018. 15:00
According to Leicester City head coach Claude Puel, wing-wizard Riyad Mahrez could cost possible suitors £100 million during the June/July transfer window in the European summer.
The 26-year-old's stock has continued to rise since leading the Foxes to English Premier League glory, with rivals Liverpool the latest club to be linked with his services.
Arsenal, Barcelona and AS Roma have all in the past been linked with the Algerian international who has directly contributed to 17 goals this season in 26 appearances across all competitions.
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Puel is confident that Mahrez will remain at the King Power Stadium until the end of the season, despite growing interest in the club's star man.
"Maybe in the summer he will cost even more than £100m,” Puel told reporters. “It’s just rumours, noise about him.
“We can see Riyad smile, enjoying his football, enjoying to play with his team-mates.
“After the training session he continues to play, I wanted him to stay rested, but it’s perfect.”
Liverpool are still on the lookout for Philippe Coutinho's replacement at Anfield, following his record-breaking switch to Barcelona.