Leicester City's Claude Puel gives Riyad Mahrez update

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It's hard not to believe that the most recent botched move to Manchester City on deadline day must surely represent greed on the part of the club, despite Mahrez's encouraging form and professionalism during the first half of the campaign.

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

Leicester will be without Riyad Mahrez when they host Swansea in the Premier League game this afternoon.

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.

The Swans clearly have a tough task against a Leicester City side now sitting eighth in the Premier League table.

"All of our management with Riyad will be between the club, the player and myself", said Puel.

He had hoped to move to Manchester City but Leicester wasn't ready to let one of their stars go for cheap and Manchester City ended up pulling out of talks.

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Guardiola named only six substitutes for Saturday's clash at Burnley due to City's mounting injury crisis, in a move some interpreted as a hint of his unhappiness about the club's unwillingness to sign Mahrez.

However, reports today suggest that Leicester could still have a job on their hands to keep the Algerian beyond the summer.

Former Leicester City midfielder Robbie Savage has hit out at the Foxes board, claiming Riyad Mahrez should have been allowed to leave the club for Manchester City back in January.

"We are turning games, which is very important".

"After some time, he will come back with us", Puel said.

Claude Puel's side are eighth in the Premier League, though they are closer to the bottom three than the top four with 12 games remaining. Leicester have been linked with the player on and off for a couple of years. "All I can say about the situation is that this is the best decision for Leicester, in the best interests of Leicester".

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal praised his team's self-belief after they again came from behind to earn a draw against Leicester City on Saturday.

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