Manchester City respond to 'disrespect' claims from Leicester boss over Mahrez pursuit

Claude Puel has been impressed with Riyad Mahrez in training     
  
 
      
         
              Claude Puel has been impressed with Riyad Mahrez in training

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has criticised Manchester City for the way they unsettled Foxes winger Riyad Mahrez at the end of the transfer window.

Mahrez returned to the Foxes squad on Saturday against City at the Etihad Stadium following a self-imposed exile after a transfer to the runaway Premier League leaders did not materialise.

"To make solicitation just one or two days before the end of the transfer window, I don't know if it is normal", he said.

"For the future, like Riyad, he has a good profile and attributes to become a player who can make the difference. We need to manage better, and we need also perhaps some others' respect".

Mahrez had hoped to move to City on deadline day but the move fell through as Leicester valued him at £95 million but City were only willing to pay £65m.

Mahrez is now pushing for a recall to Leicester's starting line-up on Friday night when they host Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

"He enjoys to play and to train with his teammates".

But the Manchester Evening News reports that City sources were puzzled by the allegation that they had acted improperly.

Shay Given believes Riyad Mahrez could still get his move to Manchester City this summer and the matter may not be resolved just yet.

I think he must continue to work and progress, and find consistency. "We need to move on, for him he needs to kick on, like the team the most important thing is in front of us". "We succeeded to keep united within the team".

At yesterday's press conference City boss Puel vowed to field a strong side in the FA Cup clash against Chris Wilder's Blades.

He said the rest of the players had welcomed Mahrez back "with a good feeling" and were "moving on and looking forwards". "It is important now, together, to look forward".

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