Riyad Mahrez admits he regrets his handling of Manchester City situation

Mahrez regrets his handling of failed Man City move

Mahrez did not attend Leicester City's training sessions for a couple of days to force the club to complete the deal but he eventually returned on a train with his teammates after a week.

"I was away from here because I needed some time to think", he said.

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez appears to have announced a break from football. It is behind me. It's behind me. If we start talking about this, it's like coming back to this transfer window.

Mahrez said he regretted the way he had handled the situation but had thought it was the best thing to do at the time.

'It was a hard situation, but like I said, we've moved on now, everyone, the club, the chairman, me.

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

"I've been with these team-mates for four years now".

Mahrez, who was named the PFA Premier League Player of the Year in 2015/16 and won the African Footballer of the Year award in 2016, has scored 10 goals and assisted another 10 strikes in 31 games across all competitions for Leicester so far this season.

"In football players come, players leave".

"We will see in the summer if something comes but at the moment I am a Leicester City player and I am good here".

"It was not a genuine post and we have been working with Facebook to get it removed", he said.The post has clearly now been deleted.Leicester ran an element on Mahrez on their site on Wednesday taking a gander at the effect of the player this season, recommending the Facebook post was a trick. "Like I said, we moved on and now it's the past". We've moved on now.

"It was hard, but I spoke with the players, I spoke with the manager, I spoke with everyone and everyone was OK, everyone was good", he said.

Mahrez has also been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal.

He said: "I wasn't bothered". I think everyone knew it was a hack. "We had some discussions and we moved on".


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