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Mahrez To Join Man City Before Window Closes?

02 February, 2018, 21:52 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Higginbotham was speaking on Sky Sports News' Premier League Daily

Leicester will be hoping to put the Riyad Mahrez saga behind them as they head into this game hoping to continue their strong home form.

Manchester City withdrew their interest after refusing to meet Leicester's asking price, leaving the Algeria worldwide facing an uncertain future at the King Power stadium.

"It was a hard situation for Riyad", Puel said.

Could Riyad Mahrez be heading for Manchester City? In other news, captain Wes Morgan remains out with a hamstring injury whilst there could be a first league start for January signing Fousseni Diabate, who could replace Mahrez in the starting XI.

Leicester boss Claude Puel has said he will not pick Riyad Mahrez for Saturday's clash with Swansea and revealed his star man needs to "clear his head" after failing to secure a transfer to Manchester City. "I think it's the best decision for the club after the position with Riyad".

"As a club, we took this decision for the good of Leicester", said Puel.

'It's a tough situation for us and we need manage it but after this transfer window it is important to move on and keep our focus on the game.

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. Playing for Pep Guardiola is something he is still desperate to do.

In all four of those matches backing the away side with a two-goal lead would have paid dividends, so at 13/8 I'm happy to do exactly that in the hope that Huddersfield go to Old Trafford and play just as negatively as they did against Liverpool in midweek.

The Terriers were very negative from the off, played five at the back, and rarely looked like causing the Reds any problems.

Mahrez has not trained since the possibility of a deal with the Premier League leaders materialised earlier in the week, and having not attended Thursday's session, he was again missing on Friday.

Without the Algerian, Leicester lost 2-1 to Everton in Wednesday's top-flight encounter at Goodison Park. It is hard to manage but it will stay inside the club.

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