Claude Puel insists Riyad Mahrez going AWOL is to not blame for Leicester’s droop in type

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Riyad Mahrez isn’t accountable for the detached run of type Leicester are at the moment experiencing, in response to supervisor Claude Puel.

Puel’s staff have did not win any of the 5 Premier League matches since Mahrez’s proposed transfer to Manchester City did not materialise on the finish of the January switch window.

The 27-year-old winger didn’t prepare for 10 days and missed two matches after the membership turned down his requests to affix Pep Guardiola’s league leaders.

Nonetheless, Leicester’s languid run precedes the switch saga, with the Foxes having gained simply two league video games from the final 12 stretching again to mid-December.

“The primary sport towards Everton, it was an odd environment across the staff. It was a tough second. We misplaced a very good feeling about this sport and there have been errors,” stated Puel, whose facet journey to bottom-of-the-table West Brom on Saturday.

“Most likely his absence damage us a bit, with outcomes and confidence, however we’re happy to have him again as a result of he’s a high participant.

“Riyad reintegrated rapidly and reveals a fantastic angle, that I anticipated. The participant we want. He went by means of what was a troublesome time for him. Everybody has welcomed him again.

“I needed to attempt to perceive the participant, keep away from confrontation. Riyad could be very sincere and would not stand up to mischief.

“It was the primary time he’d acquired such a high-profile strategy, which was new for him. It was as much as me to maintain him right here for the membership, and for me to attempt to type it out, defend Riyad and the membership.

“Everyone conducted themselves well and he has emerged stronger, and whilst it was a setback for us in the short term, it will make us stronger for the future.”

In an interview with Sky Sports on Thursday, Mahrez admitted he’s nonetheless glad to be a Leicester participant after his failed deadline day transfer.

Nonetheless, he refused to commit his future to the Foxes past the summer time.