Leicester City boss Claude Puel: 'Tough to manage Riyad Mahrez situation'

Andre Ayew of Swansea City

He plays for Leicester, he gives a lot good things.

"It's a situation we need to manage but the rest of it will stay inside the club".

"Riyad will not be available for this game", said Leicester boss Puel ahead of the visit of Swansea.

Sky Sports reported on Thursday that Mahrez is "depressed" after Leicester rejected several offers before the window closed on Wednesday night.

The Algeria global handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a transfer, sources said, and he was left out of the squad for Wednesday's defeat at Everton. "Of course, no problem when he will come back with us, with a good feeling for all the people". All I can say about the situation is that this is the best decision for Leicester, in the best interests of Leicester.

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With the Premier League's current broadcasting deal worth £5.14 billion, gone are the days when the division's smaller clubs were left with little option other than to see their most influential players depart for sides at the top end of the table. But the Frenchman insists Mahrez would be welcomed back by his team-mates. The position with Riyad, we will assess. It is important now 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".

'There is talk of him being fined for failing to show up for training, but I know - from personal experience - how galling it can be when your heart lies elsewhere in football.

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