Having spent one-and-a-half weeks on strike, Riyad Mahrez is set to return to Leicester City training this morning, and could even feature in the squad this weekend.
The Algerian first failed to turn up for training on January 30th, the day that rumours began about a potential move to Manchester City. He refused to play for the Foxes as he tried to force his move to the Etihad. However, within 24 hours, City had withdrawn their interest, due to Leicester’s £95m valuation of the player, some £30m more than Manchester City were willing to pay.
He has since failed to turn up for training at all, effectively going on strike, but reports today suggest he is ready come in from the cold and end his self imposed exile.
This is according to Sky Sports News, who even claim that he is now willing to feature for the Foxes in their fixture against Manchester City on Saturday.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 9, 2018
Reports have suggested that Leicester have fined the 26-year-old two weeks wages (£240,000) while others claim that Mahrez’s agency’s have been seeking guarantees from Leicester that their client can be sold in the summer for a fair price.
N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater both were allowed to leave the club in 2016 and 2017 respectively for around £35m, although Mahrez did decide to sign a new contract with the club following their shock 2016 Premier League title win.
Recently, we brought you the news that Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all still interested in signing the winger.