Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Claude Puel: Leicester City players will welcome back Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez Leicester Fleetwood FA Cup GETTYLeicester star Riyad Mahrez was targeted by Manchester City at the end of the transfer window
Steve Townsend | 05 February, 2018, 06:25

He had hoped to move to Manchester City but Leicester wasn't ready to let one of their stars go for cheap and Manchester City ended up pulling out of talks.

And he will have to do so without the brilliance of Mahrez, who will not be available for the clash.

"We are turning games, which is very important". Some players were understood to have been unhappy with Mahrez's decision to miss three successive training sessions and Wednesday's Premier League defeat by Everton.

According to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday, the Gunners will join Manchester City in the hunt for the Algeria worldwide at the end of the season.

The Foxes, however, have rebuffed all offers, and the relationship between player and club has deteriorated significantly as a effect.

Riyad Mahrez "deserves better" than Leicester City, according to Algeria coach Rabah Madjer, after the winger's potential January move to Manchester City collapsed on transfer deadline day.

Four Premier League sides are among the current favourites to sign Mahrez in the summer.

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Mahrez submitted a transfer request at the start of the week, and was initially linked to Arsenal, before City became the front runners for his signature.

Mahrez could play against his prospective employers in the next round of fixtures, with Leicester set to travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. After deciding not to sell the winger, the 26-year-old has been missing from training. Despite Leicester's struggles this season, he has been one of the bright sparks with eight league goals and another seven assists.

Here are the best reactions from the Leicester supporters.

The result of keeping a player for too long could result in his value dropping considerably.

However, Leicester would have accepted just a straight £80m offer.

Leicester did play some decent stuff and the fans took to Twitter to show their encouragement at the display, with midfielder Marc Albrighton coming in for particular praise.

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