Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has spoken to the press for the first time since a proposed move to Manchester City in January failed to go through.
The Algerian international subsequently skipped training, effectively going on strike in protest at what he considered to be Leicester denying him a dream move he has been promised for several transfer windows.
Mahrez, 27, was eventually talked down and has since returned to action, scoring one and assisting one in his four appearances after his hiatus.
And speaking to Sky Sports today he couldn’t hide his disappointment at missing out on move to the Etihad Stadium.
“Manchester City is a good move for everyone,” Mahrez told reporters. “I have regrets but I needed some time away to think.”
There have been conflicting reports as to whether City will try again, with some stating Guardiola still has Mahrez in his plans and others claiming the City boss wasn’t impressed by the player’s behaviour after his move collapsed.
Mahrez was coy and diplomatic when posed the question about his summer plans.
“I’m not saying I’m going to leave. We will see in the summer if some things comes. But at the moment I’m a Leicester player and all is good here.”
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