Mahrez regrets behaviour after failed Manchester City move


Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez says he regrets the way his failed move to Manchester City was handled.

The 27-year-old has been pining for a move away from the King Power Stadium since the end of last season and despite being within touching distance of joining Manchester City in January, Mahrez is now tipped to be on his way to Italy, according to Corriere dello Sport.

'It was a hard situation, but like I said, we've moved on now, everyone, the club, the chairman, me. "When the team-mates and the club were behind me it was OK, it was very easy to come back here".

"To be honest, I don't want to talk about (the summer window)".

He added: "Manchester City is a good move for everyone, but it's the past".

"We will see in the summer if something comes but at the moment I am a Leicester City player and I am good here".

"It was hard but I spoke with the players, I spoke with the manager, I spoke with everyone".

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Mahrez missed Leicester's games against Everton and Swansea during his self-imposed exile, with reports claiming he was distraught by the collapsed move and angry at Leicester for refusing to let him go. Secondly, we're very far away from the transfer window.

The 27-year-old's contract with Leicester runs until 2020 and despite his obvious desire to part ways with the Premier League club the Foxes have already proved that they are unwilling to budge on their valuation of the Algerian global.

"I heard some people saying I hadn't been talking to the club but I was always talking to the club".

"That is all I am focused on, so the transfer window, I don't want to talk about it". We've moved on now.

Mahrez also brushed off the hoax retirement announcement posted on his Facebook page this week.

"Now I'm moving forward, trying to give my best for the team, and that's most important".