Leicester City, the premier league champions’ future is in good hand, as long as their star players and coach are staying with the club. When you are a small club and you win something big, it’s very difficult to retain your star players, if your players are in a mood to get carried away with some lucrative deals from the big clubs. But, it’s always good to have some players who have got their own values, and they some loyalty to you. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, premier league two hot properties are the guys on whom you can rely for loyalty. Earlier Jamie Vardy signed a new contract with Leicester City to end any speculation of his movement to some other big clubs, and now Riyad Mahrez signed a new four year deal to end his speculation to move to some other big clubs.
Arsenal fans may not gonna like it, but Riyad Mahrez is happy to stay at Leicester. The PFA player of the year followed the suits of his fellow striker Jamie Vardy who has also signed a new four deal with the Leicester club. From the trio of stars in Leicester premier league winner, only N’Golo Kante has made a move to Chelsea for a better future, although it seems it’s Leicester where a player have a better future, at least for this season. Chelsea finished 10th on the table, so they are not going to play in Europe, whereas Leicester will represent England in Champions League as premier league winner.
Mahrez agreed for a four-year long-term deal which will tie him with the club till 2020, with a significant pay rise. Leicester before their home game against Arsenal on Saturday, announced about Mahrez deal in which there is no release clause in Mahrez’s new contract. His new contract will make him the club’s second-highest paid player, behind Vardy, who earns around £100,000 a week.
Leicester City’s manager Claudio Ranieri played a significant role in keeping Mahrez at Leicester after a significant interest from Arsenal and Barcelona. Mahrez is a shining star of Leicester, who scored 17 goals and assisted 11 times in Leicester title winning season of 2015/16. Leicester couldn’t afford to lose him and keep their campaign alive in premier league as well as their debut in Champions League.
Algerian winger is happy to stay at Leicester as he will have a chance to play in champions league, and his wages has been doubled at the club. It’s always the lure of champions league football and better pay which insist players to go for a lucrative deal, but in Leicester case everything is in place, they are doubling the wages of their star players, they will have the taste of champions league football, why they will go somewhere else.
Leicester were determined to hold on to Mahrez and keep together the core of the team who won the Premier League. As well as Mahrez and Vardy, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King have signed new deals this summer. Danny Drinkwater is the one remaining key player whose long‑term future has yet to be resolved, and N’Golo Kante is the only one who has moved to Chelsea.
It’s always good to have club loyal in your team because they define your future. Nobody wants to be a one season wonder and your existing players are significant to defend your title. It’s always difficult to win premier league, and if you have done that it’s more difficult to retain it, especially when the big clubs spend heavily to come back into foray. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are two footballers who have made their mark as club loyal.
We all know what happened in Borussia Dortmund case, when they won back to back title in 2010/11 and 2011/12, their star player were lured away by their biggest rival and title contenders Bayern Munich and since then Bayern are champions and Dortmund sits there at 2nd position every season. If Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski would have been loyal enough as much as Marco Reus, Dortmund may have end Bayern reign in Bundesliga.
Leicester City should be thankful to their star players loyalty who opted to stay despite lucrative deals from major European teams. Every clubs need player like those to end clubs giant status in leagues, and make the leagues more competitive as it is in the case of English Premier League. Every year there is six to seven title contenders, whereas in other leagues only two clubs fight it out for championship.