Transfer balls: Mahrez doesn’t mention Arsenal
Transfer balls: The Daily Express says Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, 25, fancies a move to Arsenal.
Is that right? Is Mahrez that crass as to court a rival team, one that finished below Leicester in last season? No. The Express says Mahrez “has refused to rule out a move away from Leicester”.
We have heard that Arsenal have bid £25million bid for Mahrez. So…
The Express’s story is based on a story in Get French Football, which quotes the player thus:
“It is flattering to hear [about links to other clubs], as I said nothing is agreed, nothing is done. We will see. For the moment I have not made a decision. We will see. It is possible that I stay, it is possible that I leave. We will see.”
In other words, Mahrez ‘has refused to rule out leavingLeicester’. He makes no direct mention of Arsenal. But nonetheless the Mirror hears Mahrez and yells:
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Riyad Mahrez ‘flattered’ by interest from Gunners
And the Standard says:
Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal: Leicester City star flattered to be linked with the Gunners
What no tabloid find room for is what else Mahrez said at the Nike promotional event:
“The season went very well. As you know, we have won the league which was very important. It is incredible. It was by far my best season in my career… I am not putting pressure on myself (for next season). It will be a season about confirming (my ability). Without pressure, I will have to work hard… Leicester is a family club. I would like to stay. I am very happy.”
Such are the facts.