Former PFA player of the season, Riyad Mahrez is set to be unavailable in Leicester’s clash with Swansea this weekend as club Manager, Claude Puel is hopeful that he will make himself available again to the team after his proposed moved to League leaders, Manchester City was truncated on deadline day.
He is thus set to be fined to the tune of £200,000 [about two weeks wages] by the club after he was absent from the team’s training for a second day.
The 26-year old has not been seen in Leicester’s training facility since his potential move to City was denied as a result of Leicester’s excessive demands. He was reportedly absent on Thursday and then today.
The Citizens, who were keen on bringing the Algerian International to the Etihad to replace the injured Leroy Sane were frustrated with his club’s demands which made them walk away from the deal leaving the player to an uncertain future.
“It is time to talk to Riyad, we have a good relationship and we need to manage the situation,” said Puel.
“Riyad is not available for this game. All I can say about the situation is that this is the best decision for Leicester, in the best interests of Leicester. It is also the best decision for Riyad.
“It is a tough situation for us to manage but now it is time to move on and keep our focus.”
It was reported that the player requested a transfer so as to force himself out and was afterwards left out of the team that suffered a defeat at Goodison Park
As a result of the failed move, various reports stated that the forward was in a depressed state and we are only left to imagine what can emanate out of this conundrum.