Riyad Mahrez: An example for others to follow

With the current transfer window in full swing, many stars have seemingly had their head’s turned by interest from other clubs, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk. Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe all not willing to play for their current sides after ‘bigger’ teams have come in for their services.

The unfortunate saga that many are going through has led to many questioning whether the dates of potential player movements could be changed, however, there has been one individual who has been attracting all the right headlines, despite his desire for a change and a fresh challenge.

It is refreshing that this is not the same scenario facing Leicester City and their star man Riyad Mahrez, as he continues to perform to his very best for the Foxes.

The winger, who has made it no secret that he wants to leave the King Power Stadium this summer, with Serie A outfit AS Roma chasing after his signature, after he handed in a transfer request three months ago.

The Italian outfit has tried to prize the former Premier League Player of the Year on three occasions, with the latest offer of around £32million being turned down by the former champions.

However, with a move failing to materialise at this present moment, the Algeria international has been doing all the right things on the pitch to help him get a move away from the Premier League side.

Mahrez has continued to perform at a constantly high level, with an attitude that he can be proud of, and has not allowed any of the transfer window shenanigans affect his ability.

He is still a key man for Craig Shakespeare’s team, as he provided both assists for their win against Premier League new boys Brighton and Hove Albion, putting himself in the ‘shop window’ in a positive light.

The Foxes may have no choice but to let him go, however, Mahrez is helping them by being able to allow them to ask for a higher transfer fee than they could possibly have asked for before the start of the current season.

It seems ridiculous to be praising a high-earning footballer for just focusing on his job, in which many of us envy as a form of employment, however it has been shown that some of his peers are unable to stay as professional as him.

Maybe footballers agent all has an agenda in which they are constantly whispering in their representative’s ear about trying to force a move so they can both earn a healthier paycheck.

However, it would appear Mahrez has a higher level of maturity when it comes to dealing with the situation – as you can bet your bottom dollar his agent will be pushing for the financial gain.

Maybe Coutinho, van Dijk, Dembele and Mbappe could all take a leaf out of the Algerian’s book and do what they are ultimately paid to do – and win their current team as many points and matches as possible – rather than alienate their own supporters and club.