Manchester City Hit Back Over Claude Puel’s Accusations About Riyad Mahrez

 The result of all this is that Mahrez is still a Leicester player

Manchester City are adamant they behaved honourably in their bid to sign Riyad Mahrez.

Leicester City boss Claude Puel had plenty to say about the City’s attempt to land their winger during the January transfer window.

Manchester City have denied any wrongdoing over the Algerian winger.

The Manchester Evening News reports that City sources were puzzled by the allegation that they had acted improperly.

And they say that City officials insists Puel got his facts wrong by suggesting they only opened negotiations close to the end of the window.

The Mahrez scenario ended in tears on deadline day when the Foxes refused to budge from their £95million valuation.

Mahrez reacted badly and stayed away from training at the King Power, only returning to action ten days later when Leicester were, ironically, hammered 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

And Puel said: “To make solicitation just one or two days before the end of the transfer window, I don’t know if it’s normal. I can’t suffer this situation.

“Some teams can have a lot of possibility to replace players — they have a different situation to manage.

”We don’t have a lot of players with the same quality as Riyad.

“For some other teams, it’s not a difficulty to replace their players.

“For me, it’s important. We don’t have a squad like some great teams at the top of the table.”

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