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Manager makes his status on Liverpool target clear once again

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has made it clear that he wishes to keep Liverpool and Arsenal target Riyadh Mahrez at his club this month.

The Algerian target has hit top form this season under the guidance of Puel and has emerged as a target of Liverpool and Arsenal.

Liverpool are looking for an attacking reinforcement after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this month.

Arsenal meanwhile may also need reinforcement as Alexis Sanchez has been strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates.

Though Mahrez did indicate that he wished to leave Leicester during the summer, Puel has insisted that the player is happy and enjoying his football at the club.

“We can see from today he is enjoying his football”, Puel told BBC’s Match of the Day programme.

“He is happy in playing, in training, he is happy with us and his team-mates. There is a lot of speculation about the players, but of course we are happy with him, and we want to keep our best player.”