Mahrez Wastes His Chance To Prove A Point
Leicester City manager Claude Puel has confirmed that Riyad Mahrez remains away from the club as he continues his toddler tantrum and will not face Manchester City.
The Algerian remains absent from training this week and presumably we are no nearer finding out when he'll pick his dummy up and actually recommit to, and honour, the terms of his contract and do his job but it certainly won't be this weekend when we face Manchester City.
Speaking to Sky Sports as Puel met with the media today, he explained.
'I think Riyad will be not available for the Saturday game against Manchester City. I hope he can get his head right and come back with us and work hard. The best way is to come back and enjoy his football. Riyad is a magnificent player. He loves football, he loves his relationship with his team-mates, he enjoys his football. I think he needs to come back, to play and touch the ball. He loves his football, it is important he comes back.'
Few expected him to stop acting like a man who'd truly lost everything and return to the club with some apologies, but the fact he hasn't just implies that his brain cells hadn't fired up quick enough to realise that this would've been 'the' game for him to absolutely show Manchester City what a mistake they made in prioritising other signings this window over him and not pushing the boat and working harder on a compromise to get him.
Leicester were holding out for our valuation and Manchester City wouldn't meet it - fault both clubs.
Leicester were open to a deal involving Patrick Roberts according to press speculation but Pep Guardiola wouldn't sanction it - fault both clubs.
One of these days Mahrez might realise that a deal falling down wasn't solely the fault of Leicester and then it might dawn on him what a great opportunity he had to not only show his thanks to Leicester for all we've done for him by remaining professional, his thanks to the fans to show that he'd do his best for them in light of the support he has been given having arrived as effectively a nobody and also rubbed City's face in exactly what they had just missed out on.
But he won't, too busy ranting and raving into the new bumper contract that he doesn't want to honour - shame.