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Leicester go away Riyad Mahrez out of squad as he `clears…

02 February 2018

Mahrez was clearly determined to join Guardiola's title-elect side and is now hell-bent on getting back to his employers whose stubbornness - or determination if you like to call it that way - is the main reason why Mahrez is still a Leicester City player - if we can call him that as well.

The situation between Riyad Mahrez and Leicester City is not as straightforward as one might think.

The £80m-rated star won't be in action against Swansea after doing bunk following his collapsed move to Manchester City.

"Re Mahrez. The '£95m total package' included Patrick Roberts, who Leicester were keen on", he wrote on Twitter.

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Mahrez has not trained since City's withdrew their interest on Wednesday's due to Leicester's demands.

Leicester City boss Claude Puel has been speaking about Riyad Mahrez's future after he went on strike after a failed Man City move on deadline day. It is the best decision for the squad.

At a press conference, the 56-year-old told reporters: "The club took the decision for the best interest of Leicester, we needed to respect this decision".

Mahrez has over two years remaining on his contract at Leicester having signed a new long-term deal with the club in August 2016.

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"It is a tough situation for us to manage but now it is time to move on and keep our focus". "He is an important player for us, of course", added Puel.

Swansea will arrive at the King Power Stadium in confident mood, and against a Leicester team likely to be without Mahrez again I'm happy to get the Welsh outfit on my side.

'All of this is a situation we need to manage but all of the details will stay inside the club.

'For Riyad, he can clear his head and he can come back with us because he is a very big player for us.

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But the Foxes asking price was closer to £80 million (Sh11.5 billion) cash which the Premier League leaders were not willing to pay.

The Algeria global handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a transfer, sources said, and he was left out of the squad for Wednesday's defeat at Everton.

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Leicester go away Riyad Mahrez out of squad as he `clears…