Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has urged Riyad Mahrez to snub the advances of the big clubs, the Metro reports.
The 24 year-old has been in tremendous form this season, scoring seven Premier League goals, as well as being credited with five assists for the Foxes.
Mahrez and fellow in-form star Jamie Vardy are both being linked with moves to bigger clubs in the coming window, and their Italian manager will no doubt be keen to keep the pair in his squad until the end of the season, at least.
Ranieri has now urged the Algerian midfielder to continue his development in his current surroundings, claiming he should continue to grow with him at the King Power.
‘I think it’s important for him to continue with us and to learn more,’ said Ranieri.
‘It’s one thing to play for Leicester and another to play at the highest level.
‘When you arrive at the top, when you play it is normal – so you must do something more.
‘It is another very important step so it is important he grows up with me, here.’
The report claims the coveted wide-man joined his current club within the last year, which is of course untrue, having actually moved from Le Havre in January 2014, and helping the side to gain promotion from the Championship two seasons ago.
Arsenal and Manchester United are both linked with moves to sign Mahrez, as they look to try keep up with league leaders Man City.