Saturday 23 March 2019

Puel: No respect

Bid: Riyad Mahrez
Bid: Riyad Mahrez

Claude Puel believes Leicester should have been shown more respect by Manchester City in their late attempt to sign Riyad Mahrez.

The midfielder was back in the Foxes squad last weekend against City after a self-imposed 10-day absence from the club following the breakdown of a proposed move to the Etih ad Stadium.

The Premier League leaders failed to match Leicester's valuation of the player, understood to be near the £80million mark, and talks collapsed on the final day of the January transfer window, with Mahrez having submitted a transfer request.

"We had some solicitation of another club, and to make solicitation just one or two days before the end of the transfer window, I don't know if it's normal," said the Leicester boss.

"I cannot suffer this situation because other teams make this thing against us. It was important to stay united within the club, the fans, the players.

"We don't have a lot of players with the same quality like Riyad. We're not a squad like some great teams at the top of the table. We need perhaps some respect from others."

Mahrez may start tonight's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Sheffield United, with Puel vowing to pick a strong team.

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