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 By Mark Rodden

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez plays down France return amid PSG links

Newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez says he has no interest in returning to France to play for Paris Saint-Germain.

Mahrez, 25, has helped Leicester City to within three points of a first Premier League title by weighing in with 17 goals and 11 assists in a sensational season.

Paris Saint-Germain are one of the clubs to have been linked with a summer bid for the Algerian international.

Despite the fact he grew up in the suburbs of Paris, however, Mahrez says he would not be tempted by a move to the French champions.

"I liked Marseille when I was younger," he told Onze Mondial.

"Even today, Paris doesn't make me dream too much. It's my city but I don't see myself going back to Paris.

Riyad Mahrez also celebrated scoring for Leicester against Swansea on Sunday.

"I'm not saying it's impossible. But I really don't want to. I have no desire to return to France. France doesn't tempt me at all -- I like England."

Marseille president Vincent Labrune infamously rejected an approach from Mahrez's agent in December 2014 but the former Le Havre player said he would not have joined them anyway because he was happy in England.

"I wanted to go to Marseille when I was young," Mahrez said. "But once I was at Leicester, I didn't care about going to play with OM.

"Honestly, even if he'd said 'sign with OM, we're counting on you' I wouldn't have gone. I promise you -- that's why there are too many players who passed through the net in France.

"Look, when I see N'Golo Kante, I hear that clubs didn't want to spend €8.9 million on him, that it was too expensive... it's crazy!

"I'm not saying that because he's my friend but honestly he's really good."

Mark covers European football for ESPN FC. Twitter: @mrodden

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