Riyad Mahrez asks to leave Leicester City

The 2016 PFA Player of the Year was also tipped to leave the club last summer

Riyad Mahrez

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Riyad Mahrez has announced he intends to leave Leicester City this summer.

The winger was named PFA Player of the Year after helping the club win the Premier League last year, in one of the most memorable season's in the English game.

He says he feels now is the time to "move on to a new experience" - and that he hopes fans will "understand and respect" his decision.

"Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on," he said in a statement.

"I had a good discussion with the Chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.

"However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience."

He continued: "The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans is something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.

"I've had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment. I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League Champions.

"I've always enjoyed a good relationship with the Chairman and everyone at the club, and I hope I have been able to repay the faith shown to me by my performances and commitment on the pitch during my time here."