Craig Shakespeare: Leicester City have not received an offer from Roma for Riyad Mahrez


Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has said that the club have not received any offers from Roma – or any other club – for wantaway winger Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez has been heavily linked with a move to Roma in recent days, and it has been reported that the Giallorossi have made two offers of around €25m and €30m.

However, Shakespeare explained that while he is aware Mahrez wants to leave the former champions, he will have to remain committed to the club until an official bid is received.

“Riyad stated his position very clearly,” Shakespeare said to the media ahead of Leicester’s participation in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

“Mine is really simple: while he is here and while we have had no bids – and we haven’t had any bids, it’s all been speculation – he has to be committed to the football club.

“And I have to say, in the two weeks he’s been back he’s been totally committed and really trained well.

“Outgoings are inevitable at any football club but until there’s a bid for your player there’s no decision to be made.”

In the meantime, Roma are looking to tie up Gregoire Defrel’s move from Sassuolo, while also suggest that sporting director Monchi has had an initial offer for Munir El Haddadi rejected by Barcelona. Monchi’s proposal was for a loan move with an option to buy (and a buyback clause for Barcelona), but the Blaugrana made it clear that El Haddadi won’t leave for less than €25m.