We will help Mahrez 'come back with a smile' says Claude Puel


We will reassess Riyad when he has cleared his head.

The former England global went on the say that he believed Mahrez would definitely have started for City had the move gone through, especially considering their current injuries.

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 worldwide closer to £95m.

Mahrez reportedly failed to turn up for training again on Thursday so it's impossible to see him lining up against Swansea on Saturday, and a starting XI without Mahrez is undoubtedly a weaker one.

The Algerian missed out on a deadline day move to City with the Premier League leaders reluctant to meet Leicester's £80m asking price, but Puel insisted he still had "friends" at Leicester despite his disappearing act.

But right now I want to be against Claude Puel's men, especially when they're odds-on against a team that has just defeated Liverpool and Arsenal.

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"There is perhaps disappointment for Riyad but I think all the players, all the squad will help him to come back".

And he will have to do so without the brilliance of Mahrez, who will not be available for the clash. All I can say about the situation is that this is the best decision for Leicester, in the best interests of Leicester. It is important now to move on and to keep our focus on the pitch.

City tabled multipled unsuccessful bids for the 26-year-old this week as Pep Guardiola sought to strengthen his squad after the serious injury suffered by Leroy Sane at the weekend.

Almost two years have passed since Mahrez helped the Foxes win the Premier League title and so you can understand why he's so upset.

"I hope he can come back quickly with us, and with a smile and happy to play with us". We need to stay united after all this.

Mourinho's men regularly scored four in a game earlier in the season, but four of their last five Premier League gams at Old Trafford against non "big-six" clubs have finished 1-0 (v Brighton), 1-0 (v Bournemouth), 2-2 (v Burnley), and 0-0 (v Southampton).