Riyad Mahrez upsets teammates by not turning up for training

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez put in a transfer request to join Manchester City in January
Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez wants to join Manchester City and have put in a transfer request

Riyad Mahrez has upset his Leicester City teammates after he refused to turn up for training on Tuesday, Sky sources have been told.

Mahrez is trying to force a move through to Manchester City after the league leaders showed interest in signing the winger.

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“Riyad Mahrez’s effort to force through a move to Manchester City have left a number of Leicester players feeling angry and let down,” Sky sources say.

On Tuesday, Mahrez handed in a transfer request but the club have no interest in selling him before the transfer deadline.

It is understood Manchester City have made a bid of around £50m for the 26-year-old Algeria international.

However, that figure falls far short of Leicester’s valuation.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that City will be without Leroy Sane for six or seven weeks due to the ligament injury he sustained at Cardiff on Sunday.

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Earlier this month, City backed away from an attempt to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal as the overall financial package had exceeded what they were willing to pay.

With Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus already injured, Guardiola feels his attacking options are too stretched and that Mahrez would fill them.

Mahrez has a long-standing desire to join a bigger club and spent the 31 August deadline in a Paris airport waiting for a deal that never materialised.

He asked to leave Leicester last May. Italian club Roma had three bids rejected but Mahrez has continued to be linked with a move away from King Power Stadium.

The winger signed a new four-year contract with the Foxes in 2016, after helping them to their remarkable title triumph and being voted the PFA Player of the Year.

Leicester manager Claude Puel said earlier this month that talk of him leaving was speculation and suggested Mahrez was happy to stay with the club.

“It is always the same thing about Riyad,” he said. “It is just rumours, noise about him and other players.

“We can see Riyad smiling and enjoying his football and enjoying playing with his team-mates – and it is the same in training.”

Mahrez joined Leicester from French club Le Havre for a reported £400,000 in 2014. He has scored eight goals in 24 league games this season.