Friend of Riyad Mahrez: “He is depressed by Leicester’s behaviour and is desperate to play for Pep”

Riyad Mahrez is “very depressed” after his proposed move from Leicester City to Manchester City collapsed earlier today, when Leicester demanded an extortionate £95million package for the 26-year-old.

A ‘close friend’ of the Algerian’s spoke to Sky Sports News and gave the impression that there may be rocky roads ahead for Mahrez and Leicester after they denied him the chance to work with Pep Guardiola.

“Riyad is very depressed this evening over the events of the last two days,” Mahrez’s friend is quoted as saying. “He doesn’t understand why Leicester have behaved in the way they have. This is the fourth transfer window in which Leicester have said they will allow him to leave.

“He’s given his all for Leicester. Joining City would have been a dream. Playing for Pep is something he’s still desperate to do. He’s very down.”

It remains to be seen if City will pursue Mahrez again in the summer when other targets may be available. Eden Hazard is one player rumoured to be high on Pep Guardiola’s list, although Chelsea would resist any attempt from City to take their star player.

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