He said: "I like this player and I'd like to keep our best players".
"You say the word, speculation". It was a fantastic game for Riyad.
"I don't think my players were exhausted. It will be important to keep the maximum of our players".
Mahrez's current contract at Leicester is due to expire in 2020.
The pre-match talk revolved around Adrien Silva - who came on as a late sub four months after his move from Sporting Lisbon.More news: Mariah Carey's NYE hot tea is the first meme of 2018
"It was very hard for him, for a player with a good match fitness but without the possibility to show his quality, but now it is finished, it is behind him and he is looking forward", the Frenchman added.
"We controlled the game and had the best chance of the first half".
"It is just a disappointment about our captain West Morgan [who went off injured in the first half]".
"Today - performance wise - this was okay but these small margins we haven't done right in the offence and in the defence as well".
Leicester, who remain eighth, took their time but eventually made light of striker Jamie Vardy's absence with a groin injury, leaving him a doubt for Saturday's romantic return to former club Fleetwood in the FA Cup.