Manchester City respond to 'disrespect' claims from Leicester boss over Mahrez pursuit

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

Foxes boss Claude Puel came out yesterday, indirectly accusing the Blues of disrespect in trying to prise away Leicester's star player.

However the Premier League leaders have hit back, with director of football Txiki Begiristain claiming that the Citizens first made contact with Leicester a week before deadline day.

"For some other teams, it's not a difficulty to replace their players".

Where could Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez go next?

'For me, it's important.

But we understand Leicester were open to discussing a potential fee for the Algerian worldwide and that if the Foxes had, at any point, said they did not want to discuss a potential transfer, then Man City would have walked away from the negotiations. "But we want to get as far as we can in the cup and it will be a strong team".

"We had some solicitation from another club".

'We had some solicitation of another club, and to make solicitation just one or two days before the end of the transfer window, I don't know if it's normal, ' said Puel.

"I can not suffer this situation because other teams make this thing against us. We succeeded to keep a good united within the team".

Sheffield United have drawn blanks in each of their last four FA Cup matches against Leicester City, including all 1961 semi-final games, with Leicester eventually winning 3-0 in the second replay.

And Puel says the Algerian has been accepted back by his team-mates after addressing them about his absence.

He said: "It was important Riyad gave his feeling in the dressing room". They welcomed him with a good feeling, now it is important to move on.

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