Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Leicester ace Mahrez admits Man City transfer frustration

Leicester ace Mahrez admits Man City transfer frustration

It was only a matter of time following his failed transfer to Manchester City that other clubs would come knocking again, and Corriere dello Sport firmly believe the Italians want him again.

Algeria worldwide Mahrez was a January transfer target for City but the Premier League leaders were unwilling to meet Leicester's £95 million valuation.

Mahrez denied going on strike after the disappointment of the failed move, but concedes he should have handled things better when he took a leave of absence from the Leicester squad.

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Mahrez added: "Manchester City is a good move for everyone". It is behind me. It's behind me and if we start talking about this it's like coming back to this transfer window. I have always been in contact with the club.

"To be honest the club handled it very good as well. When the team-mates and the club were behind me it was OK, it was very easy to come back here".

The controversy led to Mahrez being absent from Leicester's training ground for a number of days, but the playmaker finally returned to Premier League action in February, before going on to score a vital equaliser for the Foxes against Bournemouth.

The player who also refused to quash speculation surrounding his future, said he maintained a good relationship with the club.

"As my time as a football player comes to an end I would like to say few words".

'Like I said, it was hard, I spoke with the players, I spoke with manager, spoke with everyone, everyone was okay, everyone was good'.

"It was hard, but I spoke with the players, I spoke with the manager, I spoke with everyone and everyone was OK, everyone was good", he said.

"My mind and my focus is on Leicester", he said. They know me very well.

Mahrez has also been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal.

"We will see with Riyad, he is with Leicester, he is finding a good level", the Frenchman said on Thursday afternoon.

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