Leicester City hit Riyad Mahrez with £240,000 fine after failed move to Manchester City

 Riyad Mahrez still on Leicester strike
Riyad Mahrez still on Leicester strike

 

Leicester City have fined Riyad Mahrez for his two-week absence after his club failed to move him to Manchester City.

Mahrez will get a fine of £240,000 which is worth two weeks of wages as he was also absent for two weeks from the club.

Mahrez has been extending his strike and has been reported to be spending time with family and close friends in Algeria.

Because of the situation, the big bosses of the club has decided to hit the pocket of the 26-year-old with two weeks of wages.

Claude Puel press conference

 

In a press conference with Claude Puel yesterday, he was unable to confirm or deny whether he has already spoken with Mahrez and if he knew where he was.

The Frenchman also did not get a date on when the player would return but said that he will not be involved in tomorrow’s night game against Manchester City where he failed to sign on deadline day.

“I hope Riyad can get his head right and come back with us, to hard work,” said Puel.

“Riyad is a magnificent player, he loves football, he loves his relationship with his friends, his team-mates. He enjoys his football.

Riyad Mahrez

 

“I think he needs to come back to play, to touch the ball. It’s important.

“I hope he can come back and work hard with the team sooner rather than later.

“We will see. I don’t want to give details about our relationship. It is important that remains inside the club.”

Mahrez also submitted a written transfer request on Tuesday to force Leicester to move him to Man City.

The club demanded £80 million for Mahrez which Man City denied paying. Talks between Mahrez’s representatives and Leicester are still ongoing and the club are hopeful that he will return soon.

 

Leicester City still have no progress on transfers

 Claude Puel

 

Leicester manager Claude Puel says that there has been no progress on transfers for players both in or out at the moment.

The 2015-16 Premier League champions have been linked with several players this month with two bids for Marseille full-back Bouna Sarr rejected according to reports.

Puel is still looking for players to add to his squad and addressed the situation in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Watford.

“We are not close at the moment to sign any player. I think we work normally in this window.

“It is important to keep our focus about our transfer window. If we cannot find a good player with good attributes, who can strengthen the squad, I think it is important to keep this squad, because they have a fantastic attitude.

“If we can improve the squad we will sign a player but at the moment we are not close.

“For Slimani, I cannot give all the details about an individual player.

“I repeat what I have said all along, we have a lot of strikers and we need to make a good balance in the team and give some game time for all the players.

“We will see if some player can win some game time at other clubs. We have to discuss with these players.”