Craig Shakespeare has confirmed Leicester City rejected a bid for Riyad Mahrez from Roma.
The Italian side have reportedly bid £20 million for the winger, who has stated he wants to leave City this summer.
The City boss had initially insisted there had been no offers for the former PFA player of the year, but he admitted ahead of tomorrow’s Asia Trophy final against Liverpool in Hong Kong that Roma have made an approach, but it was down to them whether they make a second offer.
“I think I was quoted as saying on the last press day there had been no bids,” said Shakespeare.
“There has been a bid from Roma. I was told afterwards so I want to put the record straight.
“It was politely declined on the basis it was a low offer. What that offer was don’t ask me because I don’t know and I don’t get involved in that.
“We dismissed it. I can’t talk for Roma so we don’t know what they will do.”
Midfielder Andy King said that if Mahrez, who issued a public statement earlier in the summer stating his desire to seek a new challenge, didn’t give 100 percent effort for City’s cause while he was still at the club his team-mates would challenge Mahrez, although he stressed that had not been the case with the Algeria international.
Shakespeare echoed the sentiment but said he had been pleased with Mahrez’s attitude so far.
“I think you saw in Riyad’s performance and I have seen a lot of quotes from my players since, he is here as a Leicester player and until I am told otherwise I expect him to perform at the high standards we all expect.
“He is a team player. Individuals are involved in this team sport and they have to adhere to the rules of a team game.
“As long as he does that he will be considered for selection.”