Date: 13th June 2017 at 7:09am
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It’s been flattering for Riyad Mahrez to be praised by Arsene Wenger, in fact he said it had been ‘an honour’ to receive such recognition from the Arsenal boss, but no bid has been made for the Leicester forward.

Wenger has hinted at an Arsenal interest but as yet no bid has been made for the Algerian international, who had already indicated his desire to leave the 2015-16 Premier League winners.

As much as this interest has pleased him, Mahrez, admitting as much when confirming no concrete offer has been made, knows there’s a difference between an interest in a player and a bid being made.

Quoted by ESPN he told Elheddaf Television: ‘It is an honour to receive compliments like this from such a big manager in world football. But there is a big difference between words, speculation and an offer, so there is nothing on the table at the moment. As he [Wenger] went on to say, there is nothing concrete, so I will not dwell on that too much yet.’

Wherever he ends up Mahrez, 26, went on to say he feels the time is right to leave the King Power Stadium, a wish the Leicester hierarchy have seemingly agreed to grant if the right offer comes in.

The 2016 PFA Player of the Year winner has enjoyed a special time at Leicester but doesn’t foresee a continued future with the Foxes, not that he knows where he’ll be playing his football next season.

Mahrez added: ‘I went from the Championship to the Premier League, I stayed up with the team the next season, we won the Premier League, I won the PFA player of the year award, I played the Champions League, so we did something quite exceptional. We will see what the future holds for me. I sincerely do not know where I will play next season.’

Wenger’s a fan, Mahrez is flattered, but will this result in him plying his trade at Arsenal next season?

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