Arsenal have been snubbed yet again after Riyad Mahrez signed a new deal committing him to Leicester until 2020.
The playmaker was believed to be one of Arsene Wenger’s main targets this summer having starred for the Foxes in their shock title win and his decision to snub the Gunners will only add to the frustration boiling over at the Emirates.
Yet, while it was believed that the Algerian was keen on a move to one of Europe’s top clubs, that isn’t now going to materialise.
Claudio Ranieri has done well to keep most of his squad intact, the only major loss being N’Golo Kante, who joined Chelsea last month.
Leicester were hoping to keep Mahrez for at least one more season with a view to allowing him to leave next summer, but Sky Sports report that his new deal doesn’t even contain a buy-out clause, which means he’s in it for the long haul.
The PFA Player of the Year joins Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King in committing his future to the champions.
Ranieri’s side suffered a surprise defeat on the opening day of the season to newly-promoted Hull City, but with the Mahrez speculation finally over, they can now fully focus on their title defence.