Claude Puel: Leicester City players will welcome back Riyad Mahrez

Set-piece weakness frustrates Puel

As has been since revealed, Leicester demanded a British record £95 million for Riyad Mahrez, but Manchester City only offered £65 million plus a player before pulling out of the deal late on Deadline Day.

LEICESTER'S players will welcome Awol Riyad Mahrez back with open arms, insists Harry Maguire.

The hosts led through Jamie Vardy's goal but after Federico Fernandez headed Swansea level early in the second half, Leicester lacked the guile and craft so often provided by Mahrez to respond and had to settle for a point.

They are no longer afraid to spend a substantial amount of cash on players who have the calibre to enhance the quality of their squad. It is a situation we need to manage, but all the details will stay inside the club.

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.

"All the staff and players here will help him come back with a good mentality and a positive attitude to enjoy his football with his team-mates".

Leicester City have won 25 points in 16 games since Claude Puel was announced as their manager in October 2017 - more points than any of the other non-big six sides in the Premier League since then.




"The most important thing is not to think about one player but to think about my team and my squad", Puel was reported as saying by Mail on Sunday.

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"I can understand disappointment, and it was a good opportunity for him".

According to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday, the Gunners will join Manchester City in the hunt for the Algeria global at the end of the season.

"I also have every degree of sympathy for Leicester City as they have a player which they want full worth for".

A resolution needs to be found and quickly as the bank of love on the streets of Leicester will quickly empty unless one of their greatest players returns to his best.

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