'Hurt' Mahrez to miss Swansea clash

Riyad Mahrez will not feature for Leicester this weekend

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 Algeria worldwide did not turn up to training on Thursday and Friday, after his proposed move to Manchester City did not materialise on Deadline Day.

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

Could Riyad Mahrez be heading for Manchester City?

Sky Sports reports Mahrez will not be considered for selection for their Premier League match against Swansea at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Leicester City boss Claude Puel suggests that the Foxes may find it hard to manage the ongoing situation with Riyad Mahrez.

Premier League clubs spent £419.5 million - compared to £236.7 million in 2017 - with Manchester City's £57 million move for Aymeric Laporte accounting for a good part of the entire amount.

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Puel refused to confirm whether he'd spoken to the player but said the decision not to consider him for the Swansea clash had been taken in the best interests of everyone.

Leicester manager Claude Puel is maintaining an upbeat tone about the standoff. The business [side] of the transfer window is hard for us to manage but I think it is time now to move on and keep our focus.

He added: "I will assess Riyad when he's cleared his head". It is important now to move on and to keep our focus on the pitch. It is hard to manage but it will stay inside the club.

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

Reports suggest City were willing to offer £50 million (Sh7.1 billion, $71 million, 57 million euros) plus a player they valued at £15 million to land Mahrez.

On top of that, Mahrez has a Premier League winner's medal, PFA Players of the Year award and African Player of the Year award in his trophy cabinet.

The home side come into this one on the back of a disappointing 2-1 away loss to Everton but their home form has been very strong in recent weeks.

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