Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez wasn’t always aware that the Foxes had a football team, revealing in the April issue of FourFourTwo that he thought they were a rugby club.
The Algeria international has been one of the Premier League’s best players this season, scoring 14 league goals for the unlikely table leaders, while also providing 11 assists.
Mahrez made the switch from French side Le Havre to the King Power Stadium during the 2014 winter transfer market, with the Foxes still in the Championship.
He scored three goals as the Foxes earned promotion to the Premier League just four months later, with Leicester paying only £375,000 for his services.
“I didn’t know Leicester,” the 25-year-old admitted. “In France we didn’t really [know them] because they were in the Championship. I thought they were a rugby club.”
Thankfully, Mahrez was convinced to come to England after visiting Leicester’s facilities.
“I was like: ‘I don’t know…’ But then I came here to see the facilities and they were good. I do not regret signing for them, it’s the best club I’ve ever been at.”
In Mahrez’s defence, Leicester does have a rugby union team, Leicester Tigers, who play French opponents in the European Champions Cup.
The Foxes were unable to beat West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, dropping two points after a 2-2 draw against the Baggies. However, rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost their games on matchday 28 in the English top flight, meaning they are three points ahead of the Spurs with ten games remaining.