Leicester winger and Algeria international Riyad Mahrez has submitted a transfer request for a move away from the King Power this summer.

The Algerina international, who joined Leicester from French side Le Havre in January of 2014, was instrumental in helping the Foxes to the Premier League title last season.

However, after a disappointing Premier League season and the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, the 26-year-old feels it is time for a new challenge in his career.

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The winger, who has found it difficult to find the form he showed in Leicester’s remarkable title win last season, made 36 Premier League appearances for the defending champions, scoring six goals.

The 26-year-old player maker was linked with a number of Premier League clubs last season, such as Arsenal, Tottenham, and Chelsea, but the Algerian opted to stay for the Foxes’ Champions League campaign.

In a statement, the Algerian international wrote: “Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester I wanted to be totally honest and transparent. I have informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on.

“I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.

“I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions.

“The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans are something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.”

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