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Arsenal target advised to avoid joining the Gunners

Ranieri does not want to lose his star man. Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri has told Riyad Mahrez he is much better off at Premier League Champions Leicester than Arsenal.

The Leicester manager wants Mahrez to follow Jamie Vardy's lead of snubbing a move from the Premier League champions.

Ranieri has repeatedly said he expects last season's PFA Player of the Year to stay at the King Power Stadium having already lost N'Golo Kante to Chelsea.

He said: "I think Mahrez for us is very important as our light. If he goes in another big team, there are so many lights, so many stars, why? Stay with us, it's much better, much better. He's our champion. If he goes in another team, there are so many champions.

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Steve Walsh named new director of football at Everton

Steve Walsh Credit: PA

Everton have confirmed the appointment of Steve Walsh as their new director of football.

Walsh arrives from Leicester City having played a role in the club's Premier League title success last season.

The 51-year-old, who has previously held positions at Bury, Chester and Chelsea, will start work at Everton immediately.

Leicester have said that they accepted Walsh's resignation with a "heavy heart."

Steve has made a significant contribution to the most successful period in the club's history and it's with a heavy heart that we accept his decision to seek a different challenge in his career. We thank him wholeheartedly for his service and wish him and his family well in the future.

– Jon Rudkin, director of football
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