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Riyad Mahrez explains his regrets over failed move to Man City

09 March 2018

"I don't want to want to talk about this, because first it will bring more rumours and more talk and second we are very far away from this transfer window", he said.

"There are always talks between me and the club, everything is good, so we will see in the summer if things come".

Mahrez's 97th-minute free-kick rescued a point for Leicester against Bournemouth last weekend, and the Algeria global insists his mind is "focused on Leicester" and their remaining fixtures.

"In football players come, players leave".

"I am not saying I am going to leave or going to go".

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'To be honest, everyone has been very good and it's in the past now.

Despite his longstanding intentions to make a move away from the club, Mahrez has been in outstanding form on the field for Leicester having scored ten goals and provided seven assists in 31 games across all competitions this season.

Riyad Mahrez has said it would have been "a good move" had he completed a switch to Manchester City, and did not rule out leaving Leicester City in the summer.

'I was away from here because I needed some time to think, ' Mahrez told Sky Sports News.

"It was hard, I've always been in contact with the club".

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Mahrez was coy and diplomatic when posed the question about his summer plans.

"I've been with these team-mates for four years now". The club handled it very well.

"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.

"After the last consultation with many doctors, I've made a decision to stay away from football", the Facebook post said.

A post appeared on Mahrez's official Facebook page claiming the winger will retire from playing due to injury. "I think everyone knew it had been hacked".

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Riyad Mahrez explains his regrets over failed move to Man City