Riyad Mahrez has well and truly gone on strike.
The Algerian winger failed to turn up to Leicester City training on Friday, the fourth straight day that he’s been absent.
This is Mahrez’s reaction to his proposed move to Manchester City falling through. The 26-year-old submitted a transfer request and refused to travel with the squad for Wednesday’s trip to Everton in a desperate attempt to force a move to the Etihad Stadium.
What makes the failed deal even worse for Mahrez is that there was some confusion between the two clubs in negotiating.
According to BBC Sport, Man City thought Leicester wanted £95 million plus Patrick Roberts in exchange for Mahrez.
However, Leicester would have accepted just a straight £80m offer.
The whole situation leaves Mahrez in a very difficult position. His eventual return to Leicester training will certainly be an awkward one.
Piers Morgan has caused a stir with his response to Mahrez’s behaviour.
“Mr Mahrez needs to put hit toys back in his pram… fast,” Morgan tweeted on Friday.
It's easy to see why Morgan is critical of Mahrez. But Mahrez has seen Leicester sell N'Golo Kane and Danny Drinkwater to a Champions League club and apparently he believes Leicester promised him he could leave the club if they received a suitable offer for him.
Nearly two years have passed since Mahrez helped the Foxes win the Premier League title and so you can understand why he’s so upset.
Twitter reacts to Morgan's claim
Perhaps we should wait for more information to come out before passing judgement. Indeed, Sky Sports’ Rob Dorsett has reported that Mahrez is ‘depressed’ after seeing his move to Man City fail to materialise.
Leicester boss Claude Puel has promised Mahrez a welcome return to the squad.
"It was a difficult situation for Riyad," Puel said.
"I hope he can come back with a smile and with desire and happy to play with his teammates.
"There is perhaps disappointment for Riyad but I think all the players, all the squad will help him to come back."
Puel clearly knows just how important Mahrez is to his side.News Now - Sport News