Manchester City respond to 'disrespect' claims from Leicester boss over Mahrez pursuit

Jamie Vardy scores Leicester’s winner in their victory against Sheffield United

Sheffield United, on the other hand, will be keeping an eye on their midweek game against Queens Park Rangers, with securing a place in the Championship play-off places still a priority for the Blades.

Mahrez returned to action for Leicester when he came on as a substitute in the 62nd minute of the 5-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, a day after ending his strike and reporting for training. "We need to move on, for him he needs to kick on, like the team the most important thing is in front of us".

But the Manchester Evening News reports that City sources were puzzled by the allegation that they had acted improperly.

Early goals from Iain Hume and Ryan Smith set the tone early on for the hosts and Leicester were able to keep their comfortable lead as both sides went in for half-time.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder's options are limited by a combination of injuries, suspensions and players being cup-tied.

"It is important to put an end to the talking about Riyad".

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez in action with Sheffield United's Danny Lafferty
Leicester's Riyad Mahrez in action with Sheffield United's Danny Lafferty

Champions-elect City offered Leicester City a £65m package for Mahrez, including £15m-rated winger Patrick Roberts, but negotiations collapsed when the Foxes held out for an £80m cash deal.

"We tried to protect the squad and all parts of the club".

"We had some solicitation from another club - just to make an approach just one or two days before the end of the transfer window, I don't know if it's normal".

"I can not suffer this situation because other teams make this thing against us. We need perhaps some respect from others". He could make his first start since the saga in Friday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Sheffield United.

"He came with the squad at the weekend, he travelled with the squad, it was important for him that he came with us to stop this situation".




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