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07 July 2017

Riyad Mahrez must keep his standards up or I’ll drop him, says Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare warns his wantaway star

CRAIG SHAKESPEARE has warned wantaway winger Riyad Mahrez: Drop your standards and I’ll drop you!

Arsenal have been linked to the 26-year-old Algerian for the past two summers.

Riyad Mahrez in training with Leicester ahead of the new season
Riyad Mahrez in training with Leicester ahead of the new season
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Riyad Mahrez with Jamie Vardy after Leicester training on Friday
Riyad Mahrez with Jamie Vardy after Leicester training on Friday
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But boss Arsene Wenger is unwilling to meet Leicester’s £50million valuation and rates the forward at £35m.

Mahrez brought matters to a head in May when he broke ranks and issued a statement confirming he wanted to leave.

But the Foxes have not received a single bid for the 2016 PFA Player of the Year, who returned to training yesterday.

King Power chief Shakey expects to resolve the situation during showdown talks at the team’s pre-season training camp in Austria next week.

He said: “If he’s selected he has to perform and if he doesn’t show commitment he won’t play.

“Having made that statement it’s how you’re accepted by the other players.

Riyad Mahrez prepares for the new season, but his manager had a message for him
Riyad Mahrez prepares for the new season, but his manager had a message for him
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Craig Shakespeare watches over a Leicester training session on Friday
Craig Shakespeare watches over a Leicester training session on Friday
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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is after top-quality attackers such as Foxes hero Riyad Mahrez
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is after top-quality attackers like Riyad Mahrez
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“Ultimately he’s got a contract with us and he has to understand that — he has to be professional. We haven’t had any bids and if we don’t have one, we’ve no decision to make.”

Shakespeare hopes Mahrez will be back in a Leicester shirt for the club’s trip to Hong Kong to play in the Premier League Asia Trophy later this month.

He added: “He’ll go to Austria and Hong Kong. Will he play? I’m open-minded.

Riyad Mahrez is thought to be keen on a move to one of the Prem giants
Algerian Riyad Mahrez is thought to be keen on a move to one of the Prem giants
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Riyad Mahrez is thought to want a move away from the King Power Stadium
Craig shakespeare says his relationship with Riyad Mahrez is fine
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“Knowing what Riyad’s capable of and the tight links he’s got within our group, they will be fine with him. The players understand the reasons why he came out with what he did.

“I need to sit down with him and find out what’s in his head and how he feels. We’ve always had a decent relationship.

“I know he’s ambitious and there’s  nothing wrong with that.”

Riyad Mahrez slips at the crucial moment as penalty is disallowed for a double touch

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