Shakespeare preparing for Mahrez talks

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare says that he is hoping for a positive outcome from upcoming talks with wantaway forward Riyad Mahrez.

The 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year returned to the King Power stadium to start his pre-season training on Friday, despite publicly stating that he wishes to leave the club.

After signing a four-year contract extension last year, Mahrez has repeatedly made mention of a reported "gentleman's agreement" between himself and the club which stated that he will only be expected to remain at the club for one more season after their successful 2015/16 campaign.

"When I sit down with him I'll get an idea of where he's at," the Foxes boss told reporters. "With this being his first day we haven't had a lot of time. Double sessions and it goes really quick. Before you know it, it's 6 pm of an evening and you're thinking you've got to go home for a shower.

"It can be disappointing when players go public with it but I think you have to understand the modern game," Shakespeare continued. "Sometimes outside influences are secondary behind that and there can be reasons for that.

"Him coming out, we know where it stands but ultimately he's contracted to the football club. He has to be professional. We have to be professional with him but more importantly he has to be committed and I think he has to show supporters, staff and players that.

"If he's selected he has to perform and if he doesn't show commitment he won't play. He's got a contract with us so he has to understand that.

"We haven't had any bids and if we don't have one, we've got no decision to make. The decision making comes when we have a bid and we can assess that when it happens."

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