Mahrez: I've put Man City move behind me

The controversy led to Mahrez being absent from Leicester's training ground for a number of days, but the playmaker finally returned to Premier League action in February, before going on to score a vital equaliser for the Foxes against Bournemouth.

"As my time as a football player comes to an end, I would like to say few words".

"We will talk between me and the club".

'To be honest, everyone has been very good and it's in the past now.

"First, it will be bring more rumours and more talk".

Mahrez was absent from training during the final stages of the transfer window. So my mind and my focus is on Leicester. "There's still 10 games to go - nine in the league and one in the cup". That's all I'm focused on.

But Riyad Mahrez is back and he's back to his best at Leicester City again.

"But it's the past and I really don't want to talk about this".

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"Moving forward, I want to try to give my best for the team".

Mahrez accepts he did not deal with his rejected move as well as he would have hoped and thanked his teammates for welcoming him back with no recriminations.

"I have regrets but I needed some time away to think".

"Probably his absence hurt us a bit, with results and confidence, but we are pleased to have him back because he is a top player", the French tactician said, as quoted by the Daily Star. "You will be always in my heart".

"It was hard, I've always been in contact with the club". The club handled it very well. "But at the moment I'm a Leicester player and all is good here". Everyone was okay, everyone was good.

"We had some discussion and we moved on".

"It was hard, but I spoke with the players, I spoke with the manager, I spoke with everyone and everyone was OK, everyone was good", he said.

A post appeared on Mahrez's official Facebook page claiming the winger will retire from playing due to injury.

  • Tabitha Byrd