Riyad Mahrez is reportedly in a state of depression after a potential move to Manchester City fell through – with Leicester City rejecting a number of offers for the Algerian winger last month.
Reports also suggest that Mahrez was told before four previous transfer windows that he would be allowed leave the King Power Stadium. A promise not kept by his current club.
While many will argue City have an unlimited cheque book in the transfer market, the Premier League leaders were forced to end their interest in the 26-year-old after the Foxes demanded a fee worth £95m for Mahrez.
A close friend of the player gave Sky Sports some insight into Mahrez’s feelings right now. It doesn’t reflect too kindly on Leicester City.
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”Riyad is very depressed this evening over the events of the last two days. He doesn’t understand why Leicester have behaved in the way they have.” His friend began.
“This is the fourth transfer window in which Leicester have said they will allow him to leave. He feels very strongly that he has done everything in his powers for the club.
“They have let N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater go. He would have been the record sale in the history of the club and the record purchase for Manchester City. By my calculations, Leicester would have made £59.8m profit on the player they bought from Le Havre for £350,000.
“He’s been told by many of his former team-mates that, to get out of Leicester, you have to go to war, which he has tried to avoid. He’s given his all for Leicester this season so that he could leave in this window.
“Joining Manchester City would have been a dream for him. Playing for Pep Guardiola is something he is still desperate to do. That seems a long way off right now. He’s very down about how he’s been treated by a club he has served so well.”
This is how Twitter reacted to the breakdown in negotiations:
Riyad Mahrez trying to leave Leicester like... pic.twitter.com/TvMBmdsBt9— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) January 31, 2018
Another transfer window goes by and Riyad Mahrez remains stuck at Leicester. It's no secret he's tried his hand at forcing a move, but it's another case of close but no cigar. The club didn't budge for City's big cheque book either.— Dale O'Donnell (@ODonnellDale) February 1, 2018
Hammer blow for Manchester City missing out on Mahrez. Hard to see them competing with just David Silva, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero, Gundogan, De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) January 31, 2018
Good of City to call off Mahrez bid after completely unsettling the player and messing up his relationship with Leicester.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 31, 2018