Mahrez to return to Leicester

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez is scheduled to return to training following his absence from the team since his proposed move to Manchester City fell through on deadline day.

Mahrez, who hasn’t played for The Foxes since the 20th of January is expected to return to Leicester’s training facilities today following a fall-out with the club.

The Algerian handed in a transfer request the day prior to the end of the January transfer window in the hope of moving to a new club.

But Leicester refused to let him go as they felt the Premier League leaders hadn’t met their valuation of the player.

Riyad Mahrez - Photo - Leicester City FC
Riyad Mahrez – Photo – Leicester City FC

Despite reports of Mahrez making himself available for Leicester’s game this weekend, Foxes boss Claude Puel said Mahrez would not be selected for Saturday’s trip to Manchester City.

Puel accepted his player had faced a “difficult situation” and vowed the club would “help him come back with a smile”.

“I hope he can come back with a good attitude very soon, this is the best solution,” said Puel. “I hope he comes back and works hard, but he will need time. And time to be match fit.”

After refusing to be part of the team it remains to be seen how Mahrez will fit back into the Leicester squad, and how the issue will be resolved over the summer.

 

Previous Deadline Day Tantrums –

Diego Costa –

Things kicked off early in the New Year when Chelsea dropped their top scorer Costa for their 3-0 win at Leicester after he apparently had an argument with coaches over his fitness.

The Blues say Costa had a back injury, but reports suggest he was the subject of an offer from the Chinese Super League that could have earned him £30m a year.

Dimitri Payet – 

Just days before Costa’s controversial withdrawal from the Chelsea squad, West Ham’s star man Dimitri Payet effectively went on strike.

Payet, who was sensational for the Hammers the previous season, and shone for France at Euro 2016, told manager Slaven Bilic he didn’t want to play for the club any more.

Bilic was absolutely fuming – and Payet ended up joining Marseilles for £25m.

Wayne Rooney – 

Rooney became the main man at Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2009, and he finished the next season as top scorer – but United missed out on the title to Chelsea.

A few months later – completely out of the blue – Rooney submitted a transfer request, concerned about United’s “ability to attract the top players in the world”.

Yet just two days later, Rooney posed for an awkward photo with manager Sir Alex Ferguson and signed a reported £250,000-per-week, five-year contract.

Two and a half years later Rooney repeated the move, with the retiring Sir Alex revealing the transfer request in a post-match interview as a parting shot.