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Mahrez to be unavailable at Swansea, set to be fined £200,000

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.

Adrien Silva finally eligible to play for Leicester City

Former Premier League Champion, Leicester City has finally completed the registration of summer signing Adrien Silva and the midfielder will be eligible to play in the premier league although the New year day match against Huddersfield is a bit too early for him.

Silva was signed from Sporting Lisbon on the last day of the transfer window last summer, but the 14 seconds delay before his documents got to FIFA ruled him out of football since then. His new club, Leicester did all they could to have him play; they even appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but an all measures proved futile.

As the January transfer window got opened few hours ago, Leicester quickly presented the relevant documents to the FA which has subsequently been relayed to FIFA. This implies that the Portuguese is finally available for selection again after four months without football although he will be ruled out of today’s game for FA rules.

It is understood that Silva will be making his long-awaited debut in the FA Cup third-round game at League one side Fleetwood on Saturday and Leicester fans will be getting excited to finally see their £22M signing in the club’s jersey.

He spoke with LCFC TV: “It’s been very frustrating, but now the difficult times are past me and now I’m very happy to be close to my goal.

“It’s been very important to keep training because it’s a long time not playing and of course I can work and train more than normal, but there is nothing better than the game.

“I will be in good shape because I have worked a lot, I have confidence in that, but I have to play games to get better.

“You have to keep a positive mentality and that’s what I’ve tried to do. I’ve kept my mind focused on my job and what I love to do.

“It’ll be a great feeling to play for this club in this league. It was a dream for me to come to this league, to be part of the best one and to compete with all of the best players. To play against them will make me a better player, I’m sure.”

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Leicester City boss plays down Riyad Mahrez strop – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 26, 2017. 10:00


Leicester City manager Claude Puel has played down Riyad Mahrez’s angry reaction to being substituted in Friday night’s 1-1 draw at West Ham United.

The Algerian star was replaced in the 70th minute by Ben Chilwell and his unhappiness at the substitution was clear for all to see.

However, the Foxes’ French coach has shrugged off the incident, insisting most players are unhappy to be replaced during a game.

“When a player leaves the game they are disappointed – it’s not too important,” Puel said in the wake of the Premier League clash.

“It was hard to find Mahrez in the second half.

“We tried to play on the counter attacking with Demari Gray and Vardy against this team as they were playing with long kicks and winning the second balls.

“But it was not possible to find them in the second half.”



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – Algerian coach Rabah Madjer banking on Leicester player to beat Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Riyad Mahrez of Algeria battles Nigeria ‘s Etebo

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 19:00


Although Algeria are out of the race to book a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Desert Warriors will still have to protect their dignity when they meet Nigeria.

The thrilling encounter is set to be staged in Constantine on Friday as the North Africans will hope to boost their morale after a poor campaign.

Having a new coach in Rabah Madjer, the Algerians are aware that a win will ease their dismal qualifying campaign.

Madjer will lead the side for the first time after the axing of Lucas Alcaraz last month, and he wants a win to start his tenure on a high.

However, he will not make it happen alone and that is why players such as Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani must be in an uncompromising mood to down the Super Eagles.

“Our team is in crisis, it has been a difficult period for the players and that is why we have to get back to winning matches immediately (defeating Nigeria),” stressed Madjer.

Madjer will bank on the Leicester City winger as he has been impressive in the English Premier League in recent times.



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Nigeria’s Iheanacho unfazed by competition at Leicester – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 09:00


Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho says he is unfazed by competition by competition at Leicester City.

The 21-year-old is part of the English Premier League (EPL) side’s striking department which includes Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa, Islam Slimani and Shinji Okazaki.

Iheanacho scored his first goal for Leicester as they beat English Championship outfit Leeds United 3-1 in a Carabao Cup Last 16 match at the King Power Stadium last week Tuesday.

However, the former Manchester City forward was introduced in the 89th minute as the Foxes defeated Everton 2-0 in an EPL match at home on Sunday.

“I’m not going to call it a competition because we are all one,” Iheanacho told Leicester Mercury.

“We do well in training and we are together.

“Everybody that plays gives 100 per cent, so you can be on the bench or you can play,” Iheanacho continued.

“We are one and we don’t have any grudges in mind.

“We hope to get more success in the future.”

He is yet to score in the EPL having made seven EPL appearances for the Foxes.



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Celestine Babayaro explains why Kelechi Iheanacho is struggling at Leicester – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Arsenal‘s Alex Iwobi (right) and Manchester City‘s Kelechi Iheanacho

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 18:00


Ex-Nigerian and Chelsea left back, Celestine Babayaro says Kelechi Iheanacho will find it difficult to score goals at Leicester City.

The former Blues defender and fan favourite believes the Super Eagles hitman will struggle to find the back of the net unlike when he was at Manchester City.

Iheanacho joined the Foxes from the Citizens last summer carrying the reputation as one of the most clinical strikers in the English Premier League.

However, since moving to King Power Stadium, he has struggled to hit the same height and Babayaro said Leicester’s style of play is to blame for his struggles at the club.

”It’s a different system for Iheanacho. A system which he isn’t use to, far different from the Man City style of play where the ball to feet even in the box allows strikers to be very clinical in front of goal”, Babayaro told OwngoalNigeria.com.

”Leicester City play the typical way English teams like to play, and the strikers in such formation are required to do lot of running just like Jamie Vardy….even the Algerian guy Islam Slimani is struggling to cope.”



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Nigerian trio set for new boss in Leicester – Premier League 2017/2018


Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 13:00


The Nigerian trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa will welcome a new boss at the helm of Leicester City, following the sacking of Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday.

The news followed the club’s 1-1 draw to West Brom at the King Power Stadium, with the Foxes lingering in the relegation zone following a slow start to the campaign.

Both Ndidi and Iheanacho started the draw against the Baggies, with the latter having struggled since his big money switch from Manchester City.

The 21-year-old’s struggles have resulted in constant trolling by especially West Ham United fans, who stated their apparent delight in the Hammers passing on signing the forward.

It will be interesting to see how Shakespeare’s successor uses Iheanacho with Islam Slimani emerging from the bench with great effect against West Brom on Monday. The burly Algerian teeing up Riyad Mahrez for the equalizer.



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Leicester players won’t get involved in Mahrez transfer – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Leicester City‘s Riyad Mahrez

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Aug 27, 2017. 11:30


Danny Simpson has explained that Leicester City’s players will not get involved in any potential transfers for Algerian Riyad Mahrez and striker Jamie Vardy.

The duo have been strongly linked with transfers away from the King Power Stadium, with Mahrez drawing particular interest from Serie A giants Roma.

Simpson says the other players don’t get involved in transfer business, leaving it up to the individuals and clubs in question to work out the issues themselves.

“When you’ve got good players in your team they’re going to get linked to teams in every window,” Simpson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show.

“It’s probably more frustrating for the fans and the manager. For the lads it is what it is and we want people to stay at Leicester.

“But at the same time you can’t really get involved if a so called big team wants to take them [Mahrez and Vardy].

“I want them to stay because they’re great players. But at the same time you don’t really get involved because it’s their decision and the club’s decision.”



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Former Chelsea youth player signs for Leicester City – African Football


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Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 10:00


Former Chelsea Youth Development player Habib Makonjuola has signed a four-year deal with English Premier League rivals Leicester City following a successful trial, according to reports.

Makonjuola, 18, spent four years at Stamford Bridge with the midfielder having joined the Blues in aftermath of the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

The teenage star was only 14-years-old when he won the world showpiece – hosted in the United Arab Emirates – with Nigeria.

Leicester City First Team forward Kelechi Iheanacho was named as the Best Player of said tournament, with the former Manchester City man to be joined at the King Power Stadium by his national teammate.

The Foxes boast no fewer than three Nigerians in their Premier League squad with Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi also contracted to the club.



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Islam Slimani brace sees Leicester crush Sheffield in League Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Leicester City striker Islam Slimani

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 23, 2017. 17:00


A brace of goals from Algeria’s Islam Slimani helped Leicester City ease into the next round of the Carabao (League) Cup with a 4-1 away win over Sheffield United on Tuesday.

The Fennec Foxes forward has been a peripheral figure at the Premier League club since manager Craig Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri earlier this year.

Yet he was handed a starting role for the club’s second round clash at Bramhall Lane and vindicated his inclusion by scoring in the 63rd and 67th minutes.

Slimani’s brace was sandwiched by an opening goal from Demarai Gray and an injury-time strike from Nigerian Ahmed Musa. Caolan Lavery netted the Blades’ consolation.

With first-choice striker Jamie Vardy linked with a move away from the Foxes before the end of the current transfer window, Slimani’s brace offers hope that he can replace the Englishman as the team’s spearhead.

Leicester will next be in action on Saturday evening when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League.



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Iheanacho eyes a lot of success with Leicester – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 13:00


Leicester City have announced that Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has joined the club on a five-year deal from Manchester City.

The 20-year-old striker will wear the squad no.8 and he joins fellow Nigeria internationals Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa at the English Premier League (EPL) outfit.

The promising frontman spoke to LCFC TV after signing a long-term deal with the 2015/16 EPL champions.

“It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team. I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want. I was convinced and I’m happy to be here,” he said.

“I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me more confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully I’ll achieve a lot.”

City manager Craig Shakespeare backed Iheanacho, who impressively netted 12 goals in 12 league starts for the Citizens during his three-year stint with the club.

“It’s a great signing for us. Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played,” Shakespeare said.

“We’ve tracked his progress for some time, so we know how much quality he’ll bring to the squad. He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s ready for the next stage of his development and I’m delighted that will be with Leicester City.”



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Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho joins Leicester City – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 02, 2017. 16:00



Latest information surrounding the future of Nigeria and Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho is that he has joined Leicester City.

Reports from England reveal that the player has completed a £25 million move from City to the Foxes after passing a medical.

According to sources close to KweseESPN, the fee makes the Super Eagles star the most expensive Nigerian player ever, displacing Odion Ighalo when he signed for Chinese club Changchun Yatai for £20m in January.

Meanwhile, the move is the second highest African transfer fee this season behind Egyptian international, Mohamed Salah’s £34.3m move from Italian Serie A side, AS Roma to Liverpool.

Although the move was delayed by legal issues over image rights with his former agents, sources close to the player confirmed to KweséESPN that after passing his medical on Tuesday, the player signed a five-year contract with the Foxes.

However, an announcement is only expected within the next 24-48 hours as the club wants to tidy up legal details in respect of his former representatives.

It is also mentioned that the Citizens have inserted a buy-back option in the contract, which is reported to be in the region of £50m for one of Europe’s brightest young footballers.



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Leicester City confident of signing Kelechi Iheanacho – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City fires in a shot during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: December 3rd, 2016. Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage via PA Images

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Bertin Basson

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 13:00


Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has revealed that if the club are to complete the signing of Kelechi Iheanacho, it will be “soon”.

The Foxes have been strongly linked with the Nigerian international with Pep Guardiola having deemed the forward surplus to requirements.

Iheanacho, 20, has done exceptionally well in his short period with the Citizens despite playing second fiddle for most of his stay at the Etihad Stadium.

The City youth graduate, who joined the club from Taye Academy Owerri three years ago following his eye-catching performances at the 2013 U17 World Cup, has scored 21 goals in 64 games for the Sky Blues.

Gabriel Jesus’ arrival in Manchester, though, has pushed Iheanacho further down the pecking order with a move to the Foxes imminent for the Super Eagles forward.

“Yes, we have interest in him,” Srivaddhanaprabha is reported as saying according to Manchester Evening News.

“But we have to wait for Manchester City’s stance on this, as they are still in their pre-season as well. If it happens, it will be soon.”



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Ndidi: I did not expect to be a regular at Leicester City – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jun 26, 2017. 21:00


Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi says he did not expect to be a regular after joining the club from K.R.C Genk.

The central midfielder joined English Premier League (EPL) outfit City from the Belgian First Division A side Genk in January 2017.

The 20-year-old recently spoke to Wout Vranken of doorfansvoorfans.org about life in England.

Q – What is the memory of your time at Genk?


Ndidi – My best memory? We’ll, I’ve experienced many great moments, but I still have to choose one, it is my goal in the playoffs against Club Brugge.

Q – Are you still in contact with people from Genk?


Ndidi – Yes, we speak regularly with guys like Ally Samatta, Thomas Buffel and Bernard Kumordzi. Also with Christian Kabasele ( now at Watford) . We tease each other constantly on instagram (laughs). Last season some club officials from Genk came to watch me ‎against Tottenham, which reminded me of the fun time I had.

Q – Do you still follow games of Genk?


Ndidi – Yes, of course I still follow them, I was at the stadium for their game against Celta Vigo last season. It was great how the fans adored me. I felt the love is too much. Genk supporters are forever in my heart.

Q- What attracted you the most to join Leicester?


Ndidi – Well, the fans, the atmosphere, the team, the players and the coaches. Actually, I found everything about the club attractive. The people here are all equally nice, the players, the ‎coach and especially the fans. They all did their best in helping me enjoy my stay.

Q- How hard was it for you to adapt to the way Leicester play?


Ndidi – No, not really hard. I adapted slowly. It’s gone very well. I was also very well received by my fellow players.

Q – You immediately became a starter in the midfield for Leicester, did you expect it to be that quick?


Ndidi – It was a big surprise, even though. I also did my best to work hard and it paid off. That basis, I take it as a reward for me.

Q- Did you expect to win the young player award after just four and half months at Leicester?


Ndidi – No not at all. I consider it a great honour, and I’m still very happy with it. Really happy.

Q – Your nickname at Gent was Teddy, what do they call you now at Leicester City?


Ndidi – They just call me by my name. Genk I was often the man the others love to tease, but that is still so in Leicester, they always try hard to fool around with me.

Q- There are reported interest from other teams in England, is there any chance of you leaving Leicester this summer?


Ndidi – Uh, at this time definitely not. The only thing I want is to play and I have it here. I feel I need to put more steps and I can be the best here at Leicester City.



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Leicester take lead in race to sign Nigeria’s Iheanacho – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jun 19, 2017. 13:00


Leicester City have emerged as the favourites to sign Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, according to bookmakers SkyBET.

The Super Eagles attacker is expected to be no more than a peripheral figure at the Etihad Stadium next season, opening the way for a transfer.

Rumours about his future began emerging in May, with Sky Sports reporting that West Ham United had submitted an official bid.

SkyBET soon made the Hammers favourites to sign Iheanacho, though over the weekend they have updated their odds, with the Foxes now leading the pack.

This is despite Leicester already boasting the attacking talents of Jamie Vardy, Ahmed Musa, Islam Slimani, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa.

Iheanacho would represent a great signing for either side, though they will have to come up with some big money to land the Nigeria, who is expected to cost somewhere in the region of 20-million.



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Algerian Riyad Mahrez wants to leave Leicester – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jun 01, 2017. 13:00


Despite helping Leicester City to retain their English Premier League status, Algerian international Riyad Mahrez says he wants to leave the Foxes.

The 26-year-old joined from French club Le Havre for a reported £400,000 in 2014 has now announced that he agreed to stay for another season after discussing with the club’s hierarchy following their EPL title win in the 2015/16 season.

However, reports indicate that Mahrez added he was fiercely ambitious and had informed the club he feels that now is the time to move on.

The PFA player of the year in 2016 made 48 appearances for the Foxes in the 2016/17 season whilst netting 10 goals.

He managed to provide seven assists as Leicester recovered from a poor start to finish 12th in the league this year and reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

“Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester I wanted to be totally honest and transparent. I have informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on,” said Mahrez.

“I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League.

“I’ve had the four best seasons of my career at Leicester and have loved every moment.

“I feel immense pride to have been a part of what we have achieved during my time at the club, culminating in becoming Premier League champions.

“The relationship I share with the club and our amazing fans are something I will treasure forever and I truly hope they will understand and respect my decision.”



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