Riyad Mahrez: Leicester cannot win Premier League title

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez has 10 goals and six assists in the Premier League this season

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has dismissed his team's chances of winning the Premier League, despite being top.

The Foxes narrowly avoided relegation last season but are two points clear at the summit after 15 games.

But Mahrez, who took his goal tally to 11 with Saturday's treble at Swansea, is more concerned at getting the eight more points needed to reach 40, a total usually enough for survival.

"I don't think we can win the league," he told BBC World Football.

"We just need to get the 40 points and then after that we will see."

Premier League top six

The Algeria international's form, along with that of 14-goal team-mate Jamie Vardy, has been instrumental in Leicester's rise.

"I'm not surprised because I knew I could do the things that I have done," Mahrez, 24, added.

"Football is just confidence. When you start scoring and you carry on it gives you more confidence so maybe that has helped me."

Don't take me for a 'sucker'

Marseille president Vincent Labrune reportedly dismissed the idea of the French club signing Mahrez when the player was suggested to him as a potential target in December 2014.

"Do you really think that Leicester players now have a place at Olympique Marseille?" Labrune is quoted as saying. "I don't put up with people taking me for a sucker."

"He thinks what he thinks. I know what I am, I know what I'm doing in the football, I know what I can do," Mahrez said.

"The people who don't know football - I don't want to speak about them.

"Everyone's not going to love you. Sometimes some people love you, some people hate you, some people don't like your football. That's life so I don't care, I don't mind."

Where does the team top after 15 games finish?
SeasonTeamFinal positionSeasonTeamFinal position
1993Norwich3rd2005Chelsea1st
1994Man Utd1st2006Chelsea1st
1995Man Utd2nd2007Man Utd1st
1996Newcastle2nd2008Arsenal3rd
1997Arsenal3rd2009Liverpool2nd
1998Man Utd2nd2010Chelsea1st
1999Aston Villa6th2011Man Utd1st
2000Man Utd1st2012Man City1st
2001Man Utd1st2013Man Utd1st
2002Liverpool2nd2014Arsenal4th
2003Arsenal2nd2015Chelsea1st
2004Chelsea2nd2016Leicester?