Puel: Mahrez didn't handle failed move correctly

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has said that Riyad Mahrez made a "mistake" with the way he handled the aftermath of his failed move to Manchester City.

Mahrez was hopeful of leaving the Foxes last month following a flurry of late bids from Premier League leaders Manchester City, but the King Power side held on, refusing to let him go despite the player making it clear that he no longer wished to play for the team.

The Algeria global who returned to action as a second-half substitute in the Foxes' 5-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, refused to turn up for club activities after failing to secure his desired move to the Etihad Stadium in January.

"He came in and spoke to the lads on our own in the dressing room and that is that", Simpson told the Leicester Mercury.

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has ended his self-imposed exile by returning to training and says "presumptions" about his absence are "totally without foundation".

'If we go and score, then it is a bonus and we can go and put pressure on them, but we were a bit too open.

"Today, in flashes, he showed why he is a good player".

Leicester City players were "delighted" to welcome Riyad Mahrez back, according to Danny Simpson.

"He came back in and everyone understands it was tough for everyone". But he is back in and what he said in the dressing room was just between us.

"That is it now. We move on now".

Mahrez has been a model professional in the past when things didn't go his way.

"My goals have always been the same and I have always given my full 100 per cent when I play for the club the fans and my team-mates".

As well as sharing social media videos of him training, a statement said: "Riyad Mahrez has today (Friday) returned to training with the Leicester City squad".