Leicester Metropolis boss Claude Puel speaks out over Manchester Metropolis’s strategy for Riyad Mahrez


Claude Puel believes Leicester ought to have been proven extra respect by Manchester City of their late try and signal Riyad Mahrez.

The midfielder was again within the Foxes squad final weekend in opposition to Metropolis after a self-imposed ten-day absence from the club following the breakdown of a proposed transfer to the Etihad Stadium.

The Premier League leaders didn’t match Leicester’s valuation of the participant, understood to be close to the £80million mark, and talks collapsed on the ultimate day of the January switch window, with Mahrez having submitted a switch request.

“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,” stated the Leicester boss.

“I can’t endure this example as a result of different groups make this factor in opposition to us. It was vital to remain united inside the membership, the followers, the gamers.

“We do not have a whole lot of gamers with the identical high quality like Riyad. For another groups, it’s not a problem to exchange their gamers.

“We’re not a squad like some great teams at the top of the table. We need to manage better and we need also perhaps some respect from others.”

Mahrez might begin Friday evening’s FA Cup fifth-round tie in opposition to Sheffield United, with Puel vowing to choose a powerful staff in opposition to the Championship facet.

“Of course it will be a crucial game for us and I will pick a team to win,” he stated.

“We need to get so far as we are able to within the cup and it will likely be a powerful staff, just like the final was.

“The game against Sheffield United will be tough, they are a good team. It is important to respect any opponent, to see the final you have to play and expect any opponent to be strong.”

Captain Wes Morgan may make his return from harm. The central defender has been out since struggling a hamstring drawback on New 12 months’s Day however he could also be again within the squad in opposition to the Blades.

Shinji Okazaki continues to be scuffling with the knee drawback that noticed him miss the Premier League journey to Manchester Metropolis and the striker will stay on the sidelines.