Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez is reportedly hell-bent on not returning with his teammates after Saturday’s game away at Manchester City.

Mahrez was subject of a failed deadline day bid from Man City, and hasn’t appeared for Leicester since, although he returned to training this week, and might travel with the team to the Etihad stadium. A source inside the Foxes camp, however, has revealed that Mahrez plans to not return after the game, but instead stay with the Man City squad from then on.

‘Arriving on the training ground, I saw Riyad rather hastily and suspiciously clearing out his entire belongings at the ground’ the source said. ‘I asked him why he had so much luggage, but he said it was simply for the trip to the Etihad, I wanted to ask for more information but he hurriedly left, humming some Man City chants as he was departing’

Leicester manager Claude Puel has refused to comment on this latest development, even though he hinted that he might have spotted Mahrez with a Leroy Sane mask and blueprints of Sane’s house, as well as excessive information on FC Basel, whom Manchester City play in midweek.

His Leicester teammate Danny Simpson, has also aired some suspicions about Mahrez as well. ‘I might have sneaked a look at his music playlist in training today, they seemed to be filled with goodbye songs, and Riyad was muttering something about how he might miss this place’.

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Well that didn't take long. Barely a week after getting rid of Craig Shakespeare, Leicester City have confirmed that the new man to take them forward is French gaffer Claude Puel (whom spotkick searched for a pun for, but couldn't quite).

Puel, who is Leciester's third manager this calendar year, was manager of Southampton last season in the Premier League, whom opted to discard eighth place and a League Cup final as a barometer of success, but decided to relieve him of this duties as a result of the team's style of play under his stewardship (that’s not going well for them). The Frenchman was seen as the 'outstanding candidate' by Leicester chairman Vrichai Srivaddhaprabha, who was impressed by his 'attention to detail, knowledge our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it...'.

Puel has spent most of his managerial career in France's Ligue 1, where he won the title with Monaco in 2001, led Lille to UEFA Champions League football in successive years, took Lyon to a European semi-final, and finished fourth with Nice.

He is renowned for his grooming of young talents- Eden Hazard and Thierry Henry amongst others-, but his tenure at Lyon also took criticism for a dreary style of football, so that could be a bit of a dark... Claude? (ha!!! pun!!).

 

His first game of his new managerial assignment is a home clash against Everton.

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