Mahrez in a superb mood since returning to the squad – Puel
Leicester Manager, Claude Puel has mentioned to reporters that Algeria International, Riyad Mahrez has been training in a superb mood since returning from exile.
The 26-year old was a major subject of a contest between his club and League leaders, Manchester City during this last transfer window as City persisted on signing him on the transfer deadline day.
A reported £60million bid was turned down by Leicester as they preferred to hold on to their highly prized asset who has been in an incredible form this season, scoring eight goals and creating another seven in the league.
In the aftermath of events, the forward who was obviously angered by his club’s decision decided to abscond from training sessions. An action which saw him miss two league games.
He later returned after 12 days to be included in the team squad that lost 5-1 to City last weekend and it is expected that he will make his first start since January 20 this weekend in the FA Cup clash with Sheffield United.
“Yeah, I think better,” the French Manager said when asked if Mahrez was back to his normal level.
“He enjoys playing and training with his team-mates. He is at a good level and without problems.
“I think it is important now to put an end to the talking about Riyad. He has come back, he came in against Manchester City. Now we need to move on and for him, he has to kick on.
“The most important thing now is the future.”
He is also confident that he will be well received by the club fans considering his open rebel last month.
“I think it was good reception when he came on against Man City,” Puel added. “I think the fans understand the difficulties to manage this period.
“We have stayed united. It is important now, together, to look forward.”