Football: Roma's Riyad Mahrez bid rejected by Leicester City

Riyad Mahrez had previously said he wanted to leave Leicester City at the end of last season.
Riyad Mahrez had previously said he wanted to leave Leicester City at the end of last season.PHOTO: AFP

London (AFP) - Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare confirmed on Friday that the club turned down an offer from Italian side AS Roma for winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Paris-born Algeria forward is likely to command a fee of around £50 million (S$88.61 million), with Roma's offer believed to be some way short of that figure.

"The bid was politely declined because it was a low offer," said Shakespeare. "I don't know what it was and I don't get involved."

Mahrez, who indicated that he wanted to leave the club at the end of last season, was a key figure for the Foxes on their remarkable run to the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season. He scored 17 goals and recorded 10 assists that term, earning him the PFA Player of the Year award for 2016.

Despite not being as prolific last season, the 26-year-old still chipped in with 10 goals in 48 appearances as Leicester secured a 12th-placed finish and a Champions League quarter-final spot.

He joined the East Midlands outfit from French side Le Havre in 2014.