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Mahrez – I’m not saying I’m going to leave Leicester City in summer

March 8, 2018
Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez with his coach, Claude

Riyad Mahrez has said he is not thinking about the next transfer window but admits he doesn’t know whether he will be leaving Leicester City in the summer.

The winger tried to force a move to Manchester City through on transfer deadline day and missed two games as he “needed time to think”, following City’s decision to reject a £50million plus player offer from the league leaders.

Mahrez wouldn’t be drawn in an interview by Sky on whether he still wanted to leave the club, and insists he has put the events of January behind him and is now focused on the rest of the season at City.

“To be honest, I don’t want to talk about (the summer window),” said Mahrez.

“First, it will be bring more rumours and more talk. Secondly, we’re very far away from the transfer window. So my mind and my focus is on Leicester.

“There are still 10 games to go, nine in the league, one in the cup, maybe three in the cup, two in the cup, we never know.

“That’s all I’m focused on. So I don’t want talk about (the transfer window).

“No I don’t think it will be difficult (in the summer). I’m not saying I’m going to leave, I’m not saying I’m going to go. We will talk between me and the club.

“Everything is very good. We will see in the summer if something comes, but at the moment I’m a Leicester City player and I’m good here.”

Mahrez said he needed some space to consider the situation, but remained in communication with the club during his 10-day absence, and everyone at the club was now looking to move on from the saga.

“I was away from here because I needed some time to think,” he said.

“It was a difficult situation but we have all moved on now, the club, the team and me.

“It was difficult but I spoke to the players, the manager, everyone. Everyone was okay, everyone was good and we’ve moved on. It’s in the past, it’s behind me.

“Manchester City is a good move for everyone. But it’s the past and I really don’t want to talk about this. It’s behind me and if we start talking about this it’s like coming back to this transfer window.

“Now I’m moving forward, trying to give my best for the team. That’s the most important thing.”

Mahrez admitted he may have some regrets over how he handled the situation but said his team-mates had welcomed him back immediately.

“You always have regrets,” he said. “At that time I thought it was the best thing to do. It was difficult but I was always in contact with the club. I heard some people saying I hadn’t been talking to the club but I was always talking to the club.

“To be honest, the club handled it very good as well. Like I said, when my team-mates and the club was behind me it was very easy to come back.

“I’ve been with these team-mates for four years now. So I know them very well, they know me very well as well.

“We had some discussion and we moved on. Everyone was very good with me and there’s nothing to say.”

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