Claude Puel Says Leicester Deserve More Respect After Riyad Mahrez Transfer Saga
Claude Puel says Leicester deserve to be shown more respect after almost losing Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City in January.
City attempted to lure Mahrez away from Leicester in the closing stages of the transfer window by submitting a final cash-plus-player offer worth an estimated £65m for the Algerian, although Leicester refused to allow the winger to leave the King Power Stadium.
Mahrez submitted a formal transfer request in an attempt to push through a move to the Premier League leaders and subsequently failed to return to training after the potential deal collapsed.
However, Mahrez returned to the fold to face City on Saturday and Puel believes Pep Guardiola’s side should not have made a move for the 26-year-old with just 48 hours remaining in the January window.
“To make solicitation just one or two days before the end of the transfer window, I don’t know if it is normal,” said Puel.
“We don’t have a lot of players with the same quality like Riyad.
“For some other teams, it is not a difficulty to replace their players. We’re not a squad like some great teams at the top of the table. We need to manage better and we need also perhaps some respect from others.”
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.