Italian coach Claudio Ranieri believes he played a very important role in the outbreak of Riyad Mahrez.
Riyad Mahrez is today one of the best players in the world. At 30, the native of Sarcelles has reached the peak of his art, and even if he could not win the Champions League last Saturday, he appears as a credible contender for the next Ballon d’Or.
“Mahrez, I turned him into a winger”
The success of the Algerian international delights a man in particular in this case Claudio Ranieri. Former Leicester City manager believes he had a major part in Fennec’s rise. “Riyad Mahrez I turned him into a winger, whereas before he was employed as a midfielder,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport, referring to his first season with the Foxes and who saw the ‘Algerian sign his best season statistically (17 goals and 11 assists).
It’s not just Mahrez that Ranieri brags about putting into orbit. The former coach of Monaco and Nantes recalls that he also made progress N’Golo Kanté and Ben Chilwell, the two new European champions. “I started them very young with Mahrez, and I laugh when I think of them who say I don’t trust young people enough.”
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