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Lacking Riyad Mahrez? Leicester's Jamie Vardy flies excessive

Lacking Riyad Mahrez? Leicester's Jamie Vardy flies excessive

Riyad Mahrez "deserves better" than Leicester City, according to Algeria coach Rabah Madjer, after the winger's potential January move to Manchester City collapsed on transfer deadline day.

When news broke on Tuesday that Manchester City had either lodged a bid for Riyad Mahrez, or fully meant to do so, it came as a surprise. Mahrez "was the subject of multiple offers from the Premier League leaders", says the news website, "with the last of those understood to be a player-plus-cash offer worth an estimated £65m". Predictably, his valuation rose astronomically as he won the 2016 PFA Player of the Year award and also the 2016 African Football of the Year award.

With all the recent talk dominated by the Riyad Mahrez transfer saga, it was time to return to on-the-pitch matters for the home side and they drew first blood with Jamie Vardy putting the Foxes ahead in the 16th minute.

"It was a hard situation for Riyad", Puel said.

"Today, just after the game, Riyad is not my preoccupation".

Mahrez wanted to leave the King Power Stadium at the end of the 2016-17 season and the likes of AS Monaco, Barcelona, AS Roma, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and, recently, Manchester City have all been linked with a move for his services.

After some time, he will come back with us.

"He's a Leicester player". He is crucial in our play and with his place in this squad and with his team-mates and it is important that we stay united.

"It's for him, his agent and the club to deal with, but we would welcome him back".

Savage said Leicester had nothing to gain by holding on to a clearly unhappy player and urged his former club to consider selling him in the summer.

"I have already said my concentration is to survive in the league here and we are starting to play better", Ki said after Swansea moved out of the bottom three by beating Arsenal 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Now City are the side looking to capture him, and if Coutinho's huge move to Barca is anything to go by then they may need to dig deep to get their man. I know a few of the lads already and they spoke very highly of the club.