Manchester City vs Leicester City 10 February 2018: EPL Preview and Predictions

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Despite a second transfer request from Mahrez in eight months, Leicester reportedly held out for £80 million, with even City's cash-rich Abu Dhabi owners apparently unwilling to go beyond a deal worth £50 million plus a player City valued at £15 million, believed to be 21-year-old winger Patrick Roberts who is now on loan at Celtic.

Paper Round's view: Mahrez knew his current club were in negotiations with Manchester City, and put in a transfer request to speed up a deal.

"He made perhaps a mistake".

Premier League leaders City moved for Mahrez in the January transfer window but Leicester refused to sell their prized asset.

BBC reports that the Argentina striker took his tally to 13 in 10 games in 2018 with another display of deadly finishing, aided by a brilliant performance by Kevin de Bruyne, who set up his side's first three goals.

Guardiola had already defended his decision by saying that he could not pick a player from City's elite development squad as they had faced a game on the Friday night.

Kun Aguero then completed his hat-trick after a horrific error by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel lost control of the ball and presented the ball to the City frontman, who delightfully dinked the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper to seal an emphatic 4-1 lead for Pep Guardiola's side.

The next penetrating pass from the boot of De Bruyne came in the form of a low through-ball behind the defence into Aguero's path. After that I went to the second team but they were going to play (against Swansea) in an hour and a half.

After Sterling and Jamie Vardy exchanged first-half goals, Aguero took over and effectively ended the game with two strikes within eight minutes after the break. "We have had three massive games against (Manchester) United, Liverpool and Arsenal and seven points is good".

Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City are not to blame for Riyad Mahrez's absence from Leicester City training. The pace of Vardy was being utilised less in the second half, perhaps due to a change in the nature of City's defending, but even on the counter they didn't look quite as threatening as they had done. If he doesn't, he's got a amusing way of showing it, as a four-goal haul showed off his range of finishing once again - a tap-in, a powerful drive, a chip and a long-ranger belter off the bar.

Leicester manager Claude Puel appeared to rule Mahrez out of today's match but opened the door for his return for the rest of the season.

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