Leicester boss Claude Puel has accused Man City of "lacking respect" in the way they went about their business, but Sky Sports News claims that the Foxes never once informed Pep Guardiola's men that Mahrez was not for sale.
"To make solicitation just one or two days before the end of the transfer window, I don't know if it's normal".
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"For some other teams, it's not a difficulty to replace their players". "I will pick a team to win the game, we want to get as far as we can in the FA Cup, of course". We need to manage better and we need also perhaps some respect from others. I can't suffer this situation.
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"It was important to stay united within the club, the fans, the players, among themselves".
Puel is keen to draw a line under the affair and says Mahrez held clear-the-air talks with his team-mates after returning to training. "For Riyad he has no need for valentines, he has a good relationship with his teammates", Puel said at his pre-match press conference ahead of his side's. He appeared as a second-half substitute in Leicester's 5-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester City last weekend and is expected to start their FA Cup tie against Sheffield United on Friday after showing improvement in training.