Puel: Iheanacho & Ndidi teammate Mahrez 'made a mistake' - FCNaija

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 12/02/2018

Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Leicester City coach Claude Puel indicates that Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi teammate Riyad Mahrez 'made a mistake' with the way he handled the aftermath of his failed move to Manchester City in January transfer window. 

The 26-year-old Algeria international was desperate to join the Premier League leaders on transfer deadline day, but Leicester rejects Cityzen £50m-plus-player offer for him and former PFA player of the year was disappointed with dethroned champions.

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Mahrez subsequently failed to turn up to training as he missed two matches, although he denied reports that he had gone AWOL from the club as his return to action after a 10-day absence as a second-half substitute in the 5-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

“I think since the beginning of the situation it was tough to manage, but all the time we kept united about this situation and about Riyad,” said Puel quoted by Leicester Mercury. “That was the most important thing.

“Sometimes some players can make a mistake. It was the first time for him and it was a mistake but the most important thing is to look forward and put it right.

“He is fantastic player for us, his team-mates and the fans. It is a pleasure to watch him.

"It is important we continue together.”

Mahrez has scored eight goals and seven assists in 25 Premier League appearances this season.