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Leicester go away Riyad Mahrez out of squad as he `clears…

02 February, 2018, 21:48 | Author: Lamar Ellis
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Leicester boss Claude Puel has promised Mahrez a welcome return to the squad.

"It is time to talk to Riyad, we have a good relationship and we need to manage the situation", said Puel.

The 26-year-old witnessed another nightmare as his attempt to join Manchester City fell aside after Leicester failed to agree on a fee for the forward with the Etihad Stadium outfit.

Leicester are set to fine Mahrez the maximum two weeks' wages - in the region of £200,000 - after he missed training for a second successive day, sources close to the club confirmed to ESPN FC.

"Riyad is not available for this game", Puel told a news conference on Friday.

It was gathered that Mahrez has been left "depressed" by Leicester's decision not to accept City's final offer for him, with the Foxes valuing the Algeria global closer to £95m.

Puel refused to confirm whether he'd spoken to the player but said the decision not to consider him for the Swansea clash had been taken in the best interests of everyone. We need to respect this decision. It is hard to manage but it will stay inside the club. "It will be dealt with inside the club and not in public". It is the best decision for the squad.

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Reports on Thursday suggested that Leicester's players were unhappy with how the winger has conducted himself.

It is not the first time that Mahrez, who played a huge role in inspiring Leicester's remarkable 2015/16 Premier League triumph, has tried to force his way out at the King Power.

"I hope he can come back quickly with us, and with a smile and happy to play with us". The most important thing now is that the transfer window is closed and in the transfer window it is always hard.

And, although the French tactician acknowledged the disappointment of the former Le Havre player, he is optimistic that his teammates and the members of staff will help him overcome the frustration.

And it quickly emerged that they wanted a player to be thrown into the bargain to make up part of that valuation.

"His team-mates wait for Riyad, of course".

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