The Leicester management are making a renewed plea for Algeria international Riyad Mahrez to end his self-imposed strike, with the fall-out from deadline day threatening to damage their season.
Mahrez has missed three training sessions and two games since his move to Manchester City collapsed, yet Leicester remain hopeful the winger will return to training this week.
Leicester report back on Tuesday and officials will make a fresh move to speak with the Algeria international, who remains disillusioned after the club demanded £80m from the Premier League leaders.
Mahrez was clearly missed in the latest fixture against Swansea. As time ebbed away Leicester were running out of ideas and went direct, launching the ball long in a bid to break Swansea’s resistance.
Marc Albrighton, another Leicester winger, insisted Mahrez will be welcomed back by team-mates when he finally returns.
“Riyad Mahrez currently deserves better than Leicester City”, according to the Algerian national team manager Rabah Madjer.
Speaking to Goal, the Algeria team’s head coach has jumped onto the “support Mahrez” bandwagon after his recent comments, which will most likely end up receiving widespread criticism from the Leicester faithful.
While Madjer has maintained his sympathetic tone for Riyad Mahrez, he doesn’t, however, want his star player to keep missing the training and has advised him to return back as soon as possible.
“Mahrez currently deserves better than Leicester City, but we must not forget that it was Leicester who put him on the right track.
“I think a serious conversation with his board is needed. He wants to go to a bigger club in the English league. I do not know what really happened about his foiled transfer”.
“Me, I advise him to resume training and work hard, even if the transfer has not been resolved.
“And we must not forget that there are the games of the Algerian national team (that will come soon) and a preparation. May he come back to us in great shape. I hope that later the doors will be opened for him by a bigger club”.