Former Premier League champions Leicester Metropolis have been made to play their newest fixture bereft of star winger Riyad Mahrez.
The Foxes performed out to a 1-1 draw with Swansea Metropolis on Saturday, and up until kick-off, had no thought the place Mahrez was, based on BBC Sport reporter Man Mowbray.
“There is not any signal of him and I do not suppose we’ll be seeing him in any respect,” Mowbray stated earlier than the match (H/T Categorical).
“We have not seen him at Leicester Metropolis coaching for the previous 4 days and it is a type of conditions that does crop up each on occasion – participant desires transfer, participant would not get transfer.
The Algerian hotshot was the topic of 4 bids from Manchester Metropolis in the direction of the shut of the January window. And regardless of Leicester promising the participant he’d be allowed to hitch an even bigger membership after he helped hearth them to the league title, he was not granted his dream transfer.
A switch request from the participant was not sufficient to vary the membership’s stance, and he hasn’t been seen since, having alienated himself from Leicester on the danger of incurring a £200,000 tremendous.
“The longer it goes on, the more severe it will get for all involved as there aren’t any winners on this,” Mowbray added. “Manchester Metropolis did not get the participant they needed. Riyad Mahrez did not get the transfer he craved. Leicester Metropolis have not obtained the cash they really feel their participant is value.
“And, in the mean time, they have not obtained their participant as he is determined he would not need to be a part of issues for the meantime.
“It is a unusual one. I’ve a level of sympathy – and solely a level – as a result of he is underneath contract and needs to be doing his job.
“He is seen Drinkwater go, he is seen Kante go, I ponder if he was informed within the background ‘simply stick with us a short time longer and provides us a bit extra’ however he hasn’t obtained his transfer.”
Mahrez has at all times acted very professionally despite his need to go away the King Energy Stadium. This latest refusal, nonetheless, is believed to have pushed him over the sting.
Leicester needs to be hoping that he reveals up quickly, although, as they’re nonetheless combating to complete as excessive as they will on the Premier League desk this time period