Guardiola talks up relationship with Mahrez, Puel ahead of weekend clash
Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola has spoken about his relationship with the player he tried to sign on the transfer deadline day, Riyad Mahrez ahead of his side’s clash with Leicester.
The former PFA player of the season has refused to show up in training for the past nine days since Leicester Management denied his potential move to Etihad.
He was depressed after failing to secure a move away from the Foxes again despite turning in his transfer request. Leicester Manager, Claude Puel however, claim that the Algerian might not feature in the game against the League leaders despite returning to training.
Guardiola believes that the player should have done better in handling the situation even as he affirms that they were really keen on signing him in January.
He said: “Hopefully he will play, I want him to come back soon and play, we enjoy watching him and hopefully he’ll come back as soon as possible with Leicester and play at his level.”
He went ahead to speak of his relationship with the Leicester Manager
“I met him when I was at Barcelona and he was at Lyon,” he said.
“He’s an experienced manager, he did really well at Southampton, Leicester still has the fundamentals from a long time ago that helped them to be champions but he has introduced something else.
“They play more between each other, have more passes. It is always a strong team. Just two seasons ago they were the champions and apart from two or three players they are the same.
“They are still dangerous with [Jamie] Vardy, with [Marc] Albrighton, with Mahrez, with Okazaki. We know Kelechi is so dangerous in the box.”
“We will do everything to stop them although I know it will be tough” The former Barcelona Manager concluded.