Mahrez is ready to help Foxes rediscover their bite, says Puel

Leicester City boss Claude Puel hits out at

Leicester City boss Claude Puel hits out at "disrespectful" Man City over Riyad Mahrez bid

Pep Guardiola's side made their first bid for Mahrez around 48 hours before the deadline, and Leicester's refusal to sell prompted a 10-day stand-off between them and the midfielder.

Both Man City and the Algerian winger were ultimately left disappointed, though, as a move failed to materialise before the window closed for business. "We need to move on, for him he needs to kick on, like the team the most important thing is in front of us".

"We need perhaps some others' respect", Puel said of Manchester City's approach for Mahrez at a press conference on Wednesday.

Manchester City reportedly opened discussions with Leicester City over the purchase of Riyad Mahrez a full week before last month's transfer window closed.

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

"We had some solicitation from another club, and to make solicitation just one or two days before the end of the transfer window, I don't know if that's normal", the Leicester boss said. I can't suffer this situation.

However, Puel has been so impressed with the 26-year-old in training, he may even start the Foxes' FA Cup tie at home to Sheffield United.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder's options are limited by a combination of injuries, suspensions and players being cup-tied. "We succeeded to keep united within the team".

"It was a situation behind us".

He said: "It was important Riyad gave his feeling in the dressing room". They welcomed him with a good feeling, now it is important to move on.

"He travelled with the squad [last weekend]".

"He's been back with the group for the last couple of weeks and it really is left with the medical staff how long he can play".

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