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19 July 2017

Mohamed Elneny rejects Leicester after Arsenal accept £10m bid because midfielder loves life in London

MOHAMED ELNENY rejected the chance to join Leicester because he loves life in London.

Arsenal accepted a £10million bid for the Egypt midfielder, 25, and allowed him to speak to the Foxes about a move.

Mohamed Elneny has rejected Leicester to stay in London at Arsenal
Mohamed Elneny has rejected Leicester to stay in London at Arsenal
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Craig Shakespeare's Leicester had a £10million bid accepted by Arsenal for Mohamed Elneny
Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester had a £10million bid accepted by Arsenal for Mohamed Elneny
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But, despite starting just eight of his 14 Premier League appearances last season, Elneny turned Leicester down.

Elneny has settled in the capital since his £5m move from FC Basel last January.

SunSport understands the player is happy to stay at the Emirates even if his playing time is limited.

The Gunners are willing to part with Elneny as they have Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who can play in his position.

Jack Wilshere is also still on Arsenal’s books – despite being told he can leave the club.

And Leicester could come back in for Elneny, who has three years left on his current deal, in January.

Mohamed Elneny vies with Robert Lewandowski during a pre-season match against Bayern Munich
Mohamed Elneny vies with Robert Lewandowski during a pre-season match against Bayern Munich
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is willing to offload Mohamed Elneny
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is willing to offload Mohamed Elneny
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Meanwhile, Craig Shakespeare’s side completed the signing of £2.5million Eldin Jakupovic from Hull today.

The 32-year-old will play second fiddle to Kasper Schmeichel next season.

Mohamed Elneny is happy to stay at Arsenal this summer as he loves London
Mohamed Elneny is happy to stay at Arsenal this summer as he loves London
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Arsenal have the likes of Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka ahead of Mohamed Elneny in midfield
Arsenal have the likes of Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka ahead of Mohamed Elneny in midfield
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