PFA offers assistance in Leicester vs Mahrez row

One week on, though, and with no agreement having been reached between the champions-elect and Leicester City for the Algeria worldwide, he has yet to resurface.

Mahrez has been urged by Leicester boss Claude Puel to "clear his head" before returning to the Foxes fold.

For much of the season, Mahrez has been praised for knuckling down and returning to the form that helped Leicester pull off their miraculous title win in 2016 despite having failed to secure a summer move.

Pep Guardiola was desperate to bring Mahrez in as cover following injuries to Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus.

The versatile Malian took up Riyad Mahrez's position on the right side of midfield in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Swansea City, with the Algerian midfielder left out for missing training and trying to force a move away from the club.

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Puel refusued to comment on whether the club had fined the player with a £200,000 two-weeks wages rap expected to be implemented. All I can say about the situation is that this is the best decision for Leicester, in the best interests of Leicester.

Mahrez has reportedly been absent from the club ever since being denied a deadline day move to the Etihad Stadium in January, and he is expected to miss a third straight game when the Foxes take on City on Saturday.

Firstly, they'll face a weakened Leicester side this weekend.

With Leicester and Mahrez's representatives set to hold discussions about the winger's future, the PFA has offered to mediate discussions between the two parties.

Taylor referred to similar cases in which the PFA had been mediator, including Luis Suarez's attempt to force a move to Arsenal from Liverpool in 2013, and the situation involving ex-West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, who drove to west London and parked his vehicle outside Loftus Road in the hope of a transfer to QPR, in the same year.

What has happened has happened, however.

  • Regina Holmes