Claude Puel: 'Put an end to Riyad Mahrez saga'

Puel says Mahrez is looking 'better' than before his self-imposed exile

Puel says Mahrez is looking 'better' than before his self-imposed exile

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has hinted that he will attempt to sign Algerian star Riyad Mahrez in the European summer.

Leicester host Sheffield United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday and Puel insists he will play a strong side against the Blades, who are now eighth in the Sky Bet Championship.

Mahrez refused to train in the immediate aftermath of his failed Deadline Day bid to join Manchester City, although he returned last Friday and came on as a second-half substitute in the 5-1 defeat by City at the Etihad on Saturday.

"Yeah, I think better", the Frenchman said when asked if Mahrez was back to his normal level. He enjoys playing and training with his team mates.

And Puel is confident Mahrez will not face a backlash from Leicester's fans despite openly wanting to leave the King Power Stadium in January.

"I think it is important now to put an end to the talking about Riyad".

'He has come back with a smile.

Now, the Foxes boss has even joked that the player doesn't need any Valentines because his teammates have forgiven him! "We need to move on, for him he needs to kick on, like the team the most important thing is in front of us".

'It was a good reception when he came on in the Man City game, ' he added.

"They'Il think the fans understand the difficulty to manage this period for him and the club. It is important now, together, to look forward".