“Mahrez Will Be Welcomed Back”

Riyad Mahrez was left disappointed by the collapse of his proposed move to Manchester City, but Leicester City manager Claude Puel hopes the attacker is happy to return soon.

The Algeria international was heavily linked with a move to Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders, but that deal failed to materialize on deadline day.

Speaking after his side were beaten 2-1 at Everton on Wednesday, Puel was glad to hold onto Mahrez, but admitted he was unsure how the 26-year-old would feel when he comes back into the fold.

“We will see. Just at the moment I have finished the game. All my focus is on this game,” he said.

“I will take all the information and we’ll see with Riyad. We know the situation. We can understand. It’s a reaction.

“It’s a difficult situation for him and for the club. We received at the last moment something about City.

“It was harsh for us. It was difficult for Riyad. We have to understand all the parts for me, for the squad, for the player.

“We will accept the decision. It was a deal between the two clubs but, of course, I have all confidence in the owner to take a good decision about Riyad for the future.

“We will see with Riyad when he can come back with us and all the players and the staff will help him to come back with a smile and to enjoy his football with his team-mates.

“It’s a great player, fantastic, a good man and he likes football. For this month I did not speak with [Riyad] about transfers but normally, a lot of disappointment.”

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