Stan Collymore: Why £60m duo should reject Arsenal
Stan Collymore tells N'Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez to reject big-money moves this summer
Stan Collymore has urged Leicester City duo N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez to reject the advances of some of Europe’s top clubs and stay at King Power Stadium beyond the summer.
The Foxes pair have been linked with a £60m move to Arsenal in recent days after helping Claudio Ranieri’s side win their first-ever Premier League title earlier this month.
Mahrez has scored 17 goals and has made 12 assists in his first season in the Premier League, while Kane is one of the division’s top-rated defensive midfielders.
Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with moves for Kante and Mahrez in recent weeks, while Arsenal are thought to head Premier League interest.
But former Nottingham Forest striker Collymore believes the Leicester duo would be wise to stay another season under Ranieri before considering a move.
“The suggestion already is that this miracle can’t continue, that the bookies have given slightly better odds on relegation rather than retaining the trophy and that Kante and Mahrez are off to anywhere from PSG to Arsenal to Barca,” Collymore wrote in his BoyleSport blog.
“As someone who moved from a great thing at Forest to one of the big boys (and was part of Europe’s most prolific partnership, mind), I’d say to any Leicester player, stay put, Ranieri is right, this time next year you may have another title under your belt (if my theory about the big boys being woeful is correct), a Champions League adventure, increased contracts and being Gods in Leicester.
“Or go elsewhere, find the dressing room eats you up, leaving you longing for those days at Belvoir Drive with good friends who you’d run through a brick wall for. There isn’t another dressing room in the country, possibly Europe, like Leicester, and that yet may yield more silverware for the Foxes.”
Leicester were 3-1 winners against Everton at King Power Stadium in the Premier League last weekend.