Riyad Mahrez failed to turn up to training once again on Thursday after his move to Manchester City broke down on transfer deadline day.
The winger was the subject to late interest in the transfer window from the runaway Premier League leaders, who were willing to give the Foxes £65m for his services, plus their choice of a player. Leicester reportedly made it clear that they wanted a whopping £95m, something City were not prepared to pay.
In turn, Mahrez handed in a transfer request less than 48 hours before the transfer deadline, and failed to report for training on Tuesday. He also didn’t travel to Merseyside for his sides trip to face Everton, a game they lost 2-1.
With the deadline now passed, and his future set to be at the King Power until at least the summer, Mahrez has once again failed to turn up to training. This means that he is now in breach of contract and officially can be considered as on strike. The club could choose to sanction the player, but will certainly not be sacking a player who is worth such figures to them.
I’m told Riyad Mahrez failed to report for #lcfc training this morning. He has now missed two training sessions and a game, so is technically in breach of contract and on strike. Sources say he is depressed after failing to get his move to #mcfc.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) February 1, 2018
On Wednesday, one of Mahrez’s friends told Sky Sports News, that the 2016 PFA Player was ‘depressed’ qt the situation after being told by the club that he could leave in each of the last four transfer windows:
“This is the fourth transfer window in which Leicester have said they will allow him to leave. He feels very strongly that he has done everything in his powers for the club.
“Joining Manchester City would have been a dream for him. Playing for Pep Guardiola is something he is still desperate to do. That seems a long way off right now. He’s very down about how he’s been treated by a club he has served so well.”
Mahrez has had an impressive season so far, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists for Leicester, who currently sit in eighth in the table.
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