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.”

Leicester City Ahmed Musa may join Aston Villa or Hull City

Ahmed Musa

 

Aston Villa and Hull City will have to compete in January if both are interested in signing Leicester City star Ahmed Musa.

The 25-year-old who was signed by Claudio Ranieri last year played for the Foxes, however, his career has never taken off with them and may opt to choose for a new club to play in January.

He has made only one appearance for the first team this season when they won against Sheffield United 4-1 in the Carabao Cup in which he contributed with a goal.

The Nigerian international still has a connection with Moscow and have been heavily linked with a move to the KCO Stadium.

Musa’s former manager Leonid Slutsky, who is still in charge at CSKA Moscow tried to re-sign the striker to the Tigers late in the summer window but the player insisted to stay at the King Power Stadium.

As Villa prepare to bolster their chances to get back to the Premier League, they may need a player like Musa to help them with that.

Tottenham may have missed signing Leicester City star Demarai Gray

Demarai Gray

 

Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with the transfer of Leicester City striker Demarai Gray during the summer for £30 million, but they were unable to agree on the fee which led for the winger to stay with his club.

Now, Spurs may have missed the chance to sign the exciting winger as he is set to sign a new long-term contract with his club.

Leicester are ready to move to secure Gray’s future with them as they plan him to be a key player under Claude Puel.

Puel made Gray the guy in charge when they beat Everton and won 2-0, and his display just made his club prepare a four-year deal for his new contract.

The 21-year-old is confident that the contract talks will be concluded soon.

“Everyone is communicating so I think it eventually should be sorted,” Gray said.

“That’s for my representative and the backroom staff to deal with. All I can do is what I’ve done against Everton and when it comes to getting sorted out we’ll get to it.

Demarai Gray training at Leicester

 

“We obviously wanted to see who the new manager was and stuff, a bit of stability, but I’m happy playing football here and let my representatives deal with that side of it.”

Gray believes that under Puel, his career with Leicester will just become better.

“Yeah, it’s good. We have a good team and a lot of depth. It’s good for me and players like Ben Chilwell when there’s faith in the younger players.

“It’s good to have that type of manager behind us. I’m feeling good. I’m always prepared. I’ve always said I’m ready to play and I’ve waited a long time.

“Hopefully now this can be a start of a run of games for me. It’s what I need, to get some confidence and momentum myself and most importantly develop as a player.

“As long as I’m working hard I’m sure I can get that under the boss. He didn’t say too much to me beforehand.

“He just told me to do what I do best. After the game, he praised me for my work and my football and that’s good for my confidence.”

Ryan Giggs shows interest in vacant managerial positions at Everton and Leicester City

Ryan Giggs

 

Ryan Giggs has confirmed his interest in the managerial positions at Everton and Leicester City.

Ronald Koeman got sacked on Monday after his 5-2 defeat against Arsenal. Craig Shakespeare also got fired at Arsenal last week.

Giggs has been out of a managerial post after leaving his assistant managerial position at Manchester United after the appointment of Joe Mourinho.

The former winger, who is also co-owner of Salford City has spoken about how managing either Everton or Leicester could be a good position.

“I think you look at those two teams, Leicester being champions two seasons ago, Everton being a fantastic club with a fantastic history, for me these are clubs I would be interested in,” Giggs said.

However, there are other possible options for the two clubs who are looking for new managers and Giggs may have to compete with them.

“I’ve said all along that I’d be open to clubs which share the ambitions of myself. I want to improve clubs and improve players, to enjoy working for them and for players to enjoy the challenge.

“There are clubs in the Premier League which would be good jobs but also in the Championship and League One. It’s more about the philosophy for me than the stature of the club.’

The 43-year-old has been also linked to Norwich City but wasn’t invited for an interview as Alan Irvine was appointed in March.

Craig Shakespeare finally talks after being sacked by Leicester

Craig Shakespeare

 

After getting sacked by Leicester City, Craig Shakespeare finally released a statement and thanked the club for the opportunity they gave him.

Here is what he had to say:

“I would like to thank the owners and board of Leicester City for giving me the opportunity to manage this fantastic club,” said Shakespeare via the League Managers Association.

“My sincere thanks also to the players, who have always been a pleasure to work with. I have every confidence that given time and once at full-strength, this squad will pull away from its current Premier League position and soon deliver the high levels of performance they have demonstrated over the past three seasons.

Craig Shakespeare press conference

 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my coaching staff and the staff throughout the club, who I thank for their hard work and support.

“I will always have such special memories, both on and off the pitch, from my two spells working for Leicester City. Memories which I have shared with the club’s outstanding fans. I would like to thank each of them for their support, especially in the past six months as I have made the transition into management.

“Finally, I’d like to wish Leicester City every success for the future, as I move on to the next challenge in my career.”

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has now been fired

Craig Shakespeare

 

Premier League side Leicester City have now fired manager Craig Shakespeare after only winning one in eight of their matches this season.

Leicester City are currently in 18th place which made the company to part with Shakespeare after making a slow start to the season.

This is the second managerial casualty for the season after Frank de Boer from Crystal Palace also got fired only after four failed games.

The 53-year-old manager took over Leicester halfway through last season after sacking Claudio Ranieri.

The Foxe were struggling last season and Shakespeare came in and steadied the player by keeping them in the league comfortably.

Craig Shakespeare

 

Shakespeare was in charge of the Foxes winning 11 games and 6 draws for 26 games. However, the draw to West Brom last night was the final straw for the owners.

The decision to sack Shakespeare may be a harsh decision especially that he has just been in charge of the team for just four months, but in the world of football managers, their lifespan are mostly based on their team’s performance.

It will be interesting to see who will Leicester choose next and it is certain that the club will have a hard time finding a replacement this time.

There are a lot of expectations that come with managing Leicester after their title win in 2016. But the club should also do a reality check and assess where they are now to fully progress this season.

Demarai Gray to get a new improved long-term contract with Leicester

Demarai Gray

 

Leicester City will have a new improved deal for Demarai Gray that will seal the young starlet with a more long-term contract with them.

The Foxes didn’t want to let go of the talented England Under-21 young star even when there are bids from Bournemouth and Spurs during the summer transfer.

Further talks are now being made for the young winger who only made nine Premier League starts last season.

The 21-year-old wants to have more game time as he has not broken into Leicester’s starting Premier League line-up although Riyad Mahrez already asked to Leave last May.

Craig Shakespeare still considers that Gray has a big future with the club as he has used him off the bench in all five top-flight games.

 

Leicester City Pursue Adrien Silva

Leicester's £22m deal to sign Silva is now subject to international clearance approval.

adrien silva
Leicester still pursue Adrien Silva even after the transfer deadline.

Leicester City still pursued Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva hours after the transfer deadline. Apparently, the deal is still subject to international clearance approval.

Leicester City confirmed they have made personal agreement with Silva in a £22m deal. However, since they have missed the transfer deadline, the deal is still subject to international clearance approval.

A spokesperson said on Friday, “Leicester City can confirm that terms have been agreed with Sporting. The transfer remains subject to international clearance approval.”

Leicester City have spent more than £50m in this window. After acquiring Kelechi Iheanacho (for £25m) and Islam Slimani (for £27m), this is the third deal of over £20m on a player.

The midfielder made his debut at Sporting, after making a name for himself in the national team of Portugal. Silva has already made more than 168 league appearances for his squad.

Kelechi Iheanacho signs for Leicester City for £25 million

Kelechi Iheanacho may make his Premier League debut against the Gunners on Friday as he signs a £25 million to play for Leicester City.

Iheanacho has the best goals to games ratio of any striker in the Premier League, however, his opportunities to play at Manchester City were limited.

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry believes that the signing of Iheanacho is a good find.

“I think back to Manuel Pellegrini’s time last season at Manchester City. He wasn’t the only one but he was the spark in the team, fighting everywhere, scoring goals, trying his hardest.

“So I think it’s a good buy for Leicester.

“It will be interesting to see how he interacts with Jamie Vardy. Is he going to do the job of Shinji Okazaki? Is Okazaki going to keep his place? Are they going to be more adventurous?

“I don’t know whether Craig Shakespeare will play a 4-4-1-1 or a proper 4-4-2, but it’s a good signing.

“Whenever he had to do something at Manchester City, even when things were not great for the team, he delivered.

“People might say he had better players around him but let’s not forget that Leicester won the league two years ago. They have some good players too.”