Liverpool triggered failed Manchester City move for Leicester star Riyad Mahrez

Liverpool triggered failed Manchester City move for Leicester star Riyad Mahrez

Sky claims Mahrez is "depressed" about Leicester's decision not to accept City's final bid, and has informed his club that "he is not strong enough to play football at the moment".

Mahrez also refused to turn up to Leicester's match against Everton on Wednesday, but after their 2-1 defeat boss Claude Puel said he was hopeful of welcoming his player back, but remained cautious. Mahrez "was the subject of multiple offers from the Premier League leaders", says the news website, "with the last of those understood to be a player-plus-cash offer worth an estimated £65m".

"It is time to talk to Riyad, we have a good relationship and we need to manage the situation", said Puel.

He added: "I will assess Riyad when he's cleared his head".

Mahrez will not play any part of Leicester's encounter with Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

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It is understood that the 26-year-old Algeria global is feeling so low that he is not in the right frame of mind to play. "It will be dealt with inside the club and not in public".

Puel insists it is only a matter of time before Mahrez, who still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract at the King Power Stadium, returns to training and begins to "enjoy his football" again. It is important to move on and to keep our focus on the pitch.

But according to The Sun, the Foxes are privately furious with their angst-ridden Algerian star and "have taken legal advice on how they now try and reintegrate their £95million-rated asset back into their squad".

"He can clear his head and he can come back with us because he is a very big player for us".

Mahrez's continued absence means Puel will have an unchanged squad against Swansea.

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