PFA to resolve Riyad Mahrez and Leicester issue

The Professional Footballers’ Association has offered to mediate between Riyad Mahrez and Leicester City.

PFA ready to take action following the Algerian winger’s continued absence from training.

The PFA offered assistance last week but Mahrez and the club have yet to take up the offer from the players’ union. The PFA is continuing to monitor the on-going issue of absence from training.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw against Swansea City last week, Leicester boss Claude Puel said the situation surrounding Mahrez is not uppermost in his thoughts.

Puel said: “Riyad is not my preoccupation, My preoccupation is about my available players and to keep them in a positive attitude and to continue this good work.”

Former England striker Ian Wright said:

“It’s very unprofessional the way Mahrez is dealing with it, It’s blatantly obvious for everyone to see. You can’t just down tools because you don’t get what you want. I still can’t understand why Leicester, who bought him for £400,000, wouldn’t want to cash in on that asset who does not now want to play for the club.”

Critics have advised him to resume training and work hard, even if the transfer has not been resolved.

Leicester play Manchester City on Saturday though it remains unclear whether Mahrez will feature against Pep Guardiola’s league leaders.

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