Riyad Mahrez: Leicester winger says team-mates stood by him


He went on strike in January after failing to secure a move to Manchester City on deadline day - the club fined him two weeks wages at the time for going AWOL.

"I was away from here because I needed some time to think, it was a hard situation", he added."Manchester City is a good move for everyone but it is the past". At the moment I'm a Leicester player and I am good here.

Mahrez was reportedly the subject of four January bids by Pep Guardiola's side, who have a 16-point lead at the top of the table.

Leicester have failed to win any of their past five Premier League games since Mahrez's proposed move to City fell through, but coach Claude Puel has insisted the skilful winger conducted himself professionally throughout. I'm not saying I'm going to leave, I'm going to go.

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

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. Everything is very good. I really don't want to talk about this, because it's behind me. It's behind me. If we start talking about this, it's like coming back to this transfer window.

It's unclear who Mahrez will play for next season, but at least we know he will not be hanging up his boots despite a social media scare earlier this week. "It was a hard situation but we moved on, everyone - the club, players, me".

It was only a matter of time following his failed transfer to Manchester City that other clubs would come knocking again, and Corriere dello Sport firmly believe the Italians want him again.

"It won't affect me so I don't know why they tried to do that".

"It was not a genuine post and we have been working with Facebook to get it removed", he said.