Riyad Mahrez ‘on strike’ and ‘depressed’ after Manchester City transfer collapses – report

Riyad Mahrez is described as being ‘depressed’ after a potential move to Manchester City didn’t pan out on transfer deadline day.

City made four informal proposals to Leicester for the player, the final of which included a player in a deal that would have been worth £65million, but walked away when the Foxes refused to budge on their £95million valuation.

And according to Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett, the issue has left the 26-year-old feeling down, so much so that he failed to report for training today.

Having missed two training sessions and a game, the Algerian winger is now technically in breach of his contract.

Yesterday, a ‘close friend’ of Mahrez spoke to Sky Sports News and gave the impression that there may be rocky roads ahead for the player 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 was 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.”

In his post-match comments last night, Guardiola revealed that City not only had tried to sign Mahrez in January but also last summer, and a third attempt this coming summer could be in the making.

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