Mahrez regrets behaviour after failed Manchester City move

Jessica Allison
March 10, 2018

Asked if he considered City a dream move for him, he replied: "Manchester City is a good move for everyone!

I'm not saying I'm coming or going", he said.

Leicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez admits he'd like to have joined Manchester City in January.

Mahrez returned to action in Leicester's 5-1 defeat to Pep Guardiola's side on February 10 and has played in all three matches since, including the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth last weekend, in which he scored a dramatic late free-kick.

Reports suggest the player's facebook was hacked, neither he nor the club have confirmed this. It was up to me to keep him here for the club, and for me to try to sort it out, protect Riyad and the club.

Mahrez described the period as a "difficult" time, explaining that his decision to stay away from training was to allow him to get things straight in his own head, praising Leicester and his teammates for their handling of the situation. We will see in the summer if some things comes. "Everyone was very good with me and there's nothing more to say".

The Algerian is now exclusively focused on helping his side in the remaining games of the season, but declined to comment on his future, insisting he will not make speak on his decision until the end of the current campaign.

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"You always have regrets, at that time I thought it was the best thing to do". "My mind, focus is on Leicester, that's all I'm focused on".

"To be honest the club handled it very good as well".

It was only a matter of time following his failed transfer to Manchester City that other clubs would come knocking again, and Corriere dello Sport firmly believe the Italians want him again.

On Wednesday Leicester were forced to deny Mahrez had retired after hackers posted a message announcing he was quitting football on his Facebook page.

"I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city".

The situation has since been cleared up, with a club spokesperson telling Goal: "It's not a genuine post and we're working with Facebook to have it removed". "I think everyone knew it had been hacked".

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