It’s been a rough week and a half for Riyad Mahrez and Leicester City after his move to Manchester City fell through on deadline day.
The Algerian was set to leave the club having submitted a transfer request, instigated by interest from Pep Guardiola’s side.
Though, what he did not anticipate was a very stern approach from current side Leicester City who made it clear they wouldn’t be taken advantage of.
The former Premier League champions made it clear they wouldn’t like to sell Mahrez in the winter, rather in the summer if they had to.
Manchester City’s interest changed all of that and Leicester set a number, said to be around £90million.
Safe to say, the Cityzens were not willing to go that high and their final offer on deadline day came in at £50million and winger Patrick Roberts, currently on loan at Celtic.
Leicester City stood firm and Mahrez has since been on strike, refusing to show up for training, games or even show his whereabouts.
The next game, coincidentally against Man City, will be the third game that the Algerian has missed since the move fell through.
He has missed clashes with Everton and Swansea so far.
Now, the PFA are ready to get involved.
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The Professional Footballers’ Association have now offered help to both Mahrez and Leicester over the issues.
Mahrez is said to be depressed after the move fell through and that is why this is a touchy matter for both sides.
Claude Puel explained that he is willing to give the player time to clear his head.
Now, the PFA are offering the player the same help and will do what they can for the player and his representatives.
Though, they have also offered to help Leicester in sorting this mess.
Whether it makes a difference, we will have to wait and see.