Mahrez deserves better than Leicester after failed Man City move - Algeria boss

Bryan Strickland
February 5, 2018

The two sides are now locked in action at the King Power Stadium, with Leicester having to make do without star man Riyad Mahrez, who failed to report for training this week after the Foxes denied him the chance to join Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

Speaking after Leicester's 1-1 draw with Swansea City on Saturday, Foxes boss Claude Puel said he was hopeful Mahrez would be reintegrated into the squad again soon.

Leicester omitted midfielder Riyad Mahrez after the Algerian missed training following his abortive attempt to join Manchester City although his replacement Kelechi Iheanacho soon impressed by setting up Jamie Vardy for his sixth goal in nine games after 17 minutes. The joint-lowest scorers in the Premier League, there is no wonder that they are languishing in the relegation zone.

Riyad Mahrez has well and truly gone on strike. I have a degree of sympathy - and only a degree - because he's under contract and should be doing his job.

Reports suggest City were willing to offer A£50 million ($71 million, 57 million euros) plus a player they valued at A£15 million to land Mahrez.

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He said: "The boys will welcome Riyad back and he's no doubt one of our best players". We need to stay united after all this. Their story definitely goes down as one of the finest and most inspiring in sports history, even if the subsequent downturn in fortunes for the Foxes. Besides, the winger has had a smashing season so far, having scored 8 goals and registered 7 assists from 24 appearances in the league and is unarguably one of the hottest properties in the game.

"After some time, he will come back with us", Puel said.

Guardiola named only six substitutes for Saturday's clash at Burnley due to City's mounting injury crisis, in a move some interpreted as a hint of his unhappiness about the club's unwillingness to sign Mahrez.

"All the staff, especially all the squad, they are his friends". We can not change the situation - the transfer window is finished.

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